MONTGOMERY— Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $11 million for programs that help low-income residents take steps to secure gainful employment and improve their quality of life.
The Community Service Block Grants will enable 21 community action agencies throughout the state to assist low-income residents achieve self-sufficiency and address barriers to success through a variety of programs and services. The specific needs of the communities served determine which programs are available, which can include job search assistance and short-term employment skills classes, parenting classes, transitional housing, summer youth programs, financial literacy programs and emergency food and shelter.
Residents seeking assistance should contact their local community action agency. 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. Data from the 2010 Census and the poverty level of the counties served are factors used to determine the amount awarded to each agency.
Bentley awarded grants to agencies across the state, including $525,483 to the Human Resource Development Corp. which serves Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties.