Alabama awarded $2.8M in assistance for citizens without homes

State Of Emergency In Alabama
Gov. Kay Ivey awarded funds to help Alabamians who are homeless. Photo via Governor Kay Ivey on Facebook

There are more than 3,200 people in Alabama without homes in 2021. To combat this, Governor Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $2.8 million to help Alabamians who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Here are the details.

Helping the citizens of Alabama is the main goal

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Pathways, Inc. is a recipient of the funding for those without homes in the Jefferson County area in Birmingham. Photo via Alabama Humanities Alliance

This news joins several projects including a movement to improve Alabama in several aspects including launching a movement to improve Alabama state parks. Now, Gov. Ivey has awarded Alabama agencies funding for assistance to the state’s 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. 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.”  

Kay Ivey, Governor, State of Alabama

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

ADECA is pleased to be a part of this project

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This will benefit the people of Alabama cities including Huntsville. Photo via Nathan Watson for The Bama Buzz

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting:

  • Law enforcement
  • Traffic safety
  • Economic development
  • Energy conservation
  • Water resource management
  • 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 joins with Gov. Ivey and these local agencies to provide this assistance to families at a time they need it the most.”

Kenneth Boswell, Director, ADECA

Pathways, Inc, a United Way agency that serves homeless women and children in Jefferson County, is a recipient of this funding. They are already working on their plans with the $26,000 grant.

“Transportation is a huge barrier facing the homeless community—not having the ability to get to resources that they need. This funding from Governor Ivey will allow us to purchase a van for the use of the shelter to help our clients get where they need to go.”

Casey Cunningham, Assistant Director, Pathways, Inc. 

Here are the awarded agencies, areas served and the amount they received

City of Huntsville, (city of Huntsville) $500,000: The city will contract with AshaKiran Inc., Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc., Crisis Services Center Inc., Family Services Center Inc., First Stop Inc. and RiahRose Home for Children to provide emergency services and homeless prevention.

City of Florence, (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston Counties),$300,000: The city will contract with the Salvation Army of the Shoals and Safeplace Inc. to find housing for the homeless and assist people at risk of losing their homes.

Marshall County Home Place Inc., (Marshall County),$33,000: The agency will provide transitional housing for the homeless.

2nd Chance Inc., (Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega Counties), $341,169: The agency will provide emergency shelter and rapid re-housing for victims of domestic violence.

Shelby County Commission, (Shelby County), $153,700: The county will contract with Family Connection Inc., Safehouse of Shelby County Inc. and Shelby Emergency Assistance to provide housing and emergency assistance. 

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

Dallas County Family Resource Center, (Dallas County), $100,000: The center will provide emergency shelter and homeless prevention assistance and rapid re-housing to homeless persons or those at risk of losing their homes.

Montgomery Area Coalition for the Homeless Inc., (Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery Counties), $500,000: The coalition will provide street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing and homeless prevention. It contracts with the Family Sunshine Center, Friendship Mission Inc. and the Salvation Army for some services.

Family Promise of Baldwin County, (Baldwin County), $99,000: Family Promise will provide emergency shelter, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.

Salvation Army’s Family Haven Program, (Mobile and Baldwin Counties), $200,000: The program will provide emergency shelter for families within the two counties.

Mobile Area Interfaith Conference Inc., (Mobile County), $106,000: The agency will assist with housing needs for recently released inmates from the Mobile County Metro Jail and locals released from state and federal correction institutions.

Penelope House Inc., (city of Mobile), $200,000: Penelope House will provide emergency shelter to domestic violence victims. The agency consults with Family Promise of Coastal Alabama and McKemie Place to assist homeless persons.

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