MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs announced that it will receive $63.8 million in federal funds to help low-income residents pay heating and cooling costs.

According to ADECA Director Bill Johnson, this represents a dramatic increase from the $19.2 million allotted last year. “We all have been struggling with higher energy costs, so I know low-income families across the state will appreciate this extra assistance,” Johnson said.

Funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ADECA divides the funds among 23 community action programs across the state. Individuals needing assistance should apply to the agency that serves their community.

To qualify for assistance, individual or family income must not exceed 175 percent of the federally established poverty level. Priority is given to senior citizens, people with disabilities and households with young children.

The following agencies administer LIHEAP assistance within the counties listed:

Barbour, Coffee, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties
Human Resources Development Corporation
(334) 347-0881

Bullock, Butler, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Lowndes and Pike counties
Organized Community Action Program, Inc.
(334) 566-1712

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