The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 10, 2012

Local Community Action Partnership receives state funds


From staff reports

— Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded nearly $3 million to assist low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through job training, obtain decent housing and improve their lives through other measures.

Bentley awarded $2.93 million to 20 regional community services agencies that process assistance requests and provide services to residents in all 67 Alabama counties. The award is one of four quarterly allotments issued to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Community Action Partnership of Huntsville/Madison and Limestone Counties Inc. received $178,587 as part of the award.

The agencies will use the funding for job training and education opportunities, nutrition assistance, housing, community volunteer programs, income management training and credit counseling.

Depending upon local needs, agencies will determine the specific services that will be provided with the funding. Services are based on guidelines published by Health and Human Services. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the awards.