Area agency awarded $1.24 million grant

News Staff Report

Community Action Agency of South Alabama will receive $1.24 million as part of Community Services Block Grants awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey. The agency serves Baldwin, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, and Wilcox counties.
Gov. Ivey awarded more than $17 million to provide relief for Alabamians who faced unemployment and economic difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Community Services Block Grants will be distributed to 20 community action agencies to provide services to qualified persons in Alabama.
“COVID-19 has disrupted lives in many ways and in varying degrees,” Gov. Ivey said. “It is my hope that the services provided by these funds will help people as they work toward a quick and complete economic recovery.”
Funds will be used for a range of social and emergency services for senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-income families, including people who suffered financial loss during the pandemic. Types of assistance will be determined by the local agencies based on needs and may include food or rental assistance or help with prescription medication.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) 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.