$8.7M going toward low-income Alabamians’ water bills
Alabamians who qualify can get a slice of $8.7 million designated for helping low-income residents pay their residential water and sewer bills.
The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is being administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.
“Lower-income families, particularly the elderly or those with children, need access to fresh water in their houses,” said Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey in a statement. “These grants will provide emergency assistance for paying water bills so families will not have to do without access to indoor water and wastewater services.”
Community action agencies around the state will take applications and distribute payments based on qualifications and available funds, and payments will be made to utility companies or water boards on behalf of eligible households.
West Alabama agencies getting funding include:
- Walker County Community Action Agency Inc.: $157,271 for assistance in Walker County
- Pickens County Community Action Committee and Community Development Corp. Inc.: $138,748 for assistance in Pickens County
- Community Service Programs of West Alabama Inc.: $979,228 for assistance in Bibb, Choctaw, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties