Ivey awards nearly $2.8 million for assistance to state’s homeless

Ivey Signing

By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $2.8 million to help Alabamians who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless to obtain shelter and other related services.

The funds from the federal Emergency Solutions Grants program will enable 13 regional agencies to provide shelter, legal and health services, and other assistance to help individuals and families who face losing their homes or are already homeless.

“Alabama is a state where neighbors help neighbors, and we want to ensure we provide support for those who may be struggling the most,” Ivey said in a statement. “These funds are intended to serve as a safety net to ensure that residents are provided a roof over their heads as they work to get back on their feet economically.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

“Emergency Solutions Grants, in addition to helping people obtain housing, involve measures to assist them with regaining their financial footing and becoming self-sufficient,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA joins with Gov. Ivey and these local agencies to provide this assistance to families at a time they need it the most.”

The city of Tuscaloosa was given $225,000 and will contract with the Salvation Army, SAN Inc. (Turning Point), and Temporary Emergency Services to provide outreach, emergency shelter, and homeless prevention.

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