Troubled antipoverty group closing in Jefferson County

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An agency meant to help the poor in Alabama’s most populous county is closing amid financial problems that include being ordered to return government grant money.

News outlets report the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity is shutting down. The group ran programs to weatherize the homes of the needy and to provide utility and rental assistance.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs says in a statement the organization was told to surrender grant money that comprised much of its funding by Wednesday afternoon.

It previously lost a contact to run Head Start programs. A report alleged financial inconsistencies in the agency.

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11/30/2021 4:09:23 PM (GMT -6:00)

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