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Grants awarded for north Alabama weatherization

The Community Action Partnership of Northern Alabama will receive $61,000 in grants.

Posted: May 9, 2018 7:12 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 8:00 PM

Over $900,000 in grants will go towards Alabama's weatherization assitance program, which helps make homes more energy efficient.

The Community Action Partnership of Northern Alabama will receive $61,000 in grants. One family that WAAY 31 spoke with said that they participated in the program last year and they are already noticing the difference.

"We normally don't keep a lot of lights on and my mom was like--why is the bill so high and was like, I guess because we keep the thermostat constantly on.", said Jakeyda Brown, a member of one of the families that participated in the program. 

Brown's mother applied to be apart of the weatherization program offered by the Community Action Partnership of Northern Alabama. Ceo Micheal Tubbs said that most of the people who are accepted into the program are those with disabilities, the ederly, and low-income households with children.

The grant allows up to 13 homes across a 6 county area. Most of the time homeowners will see a 20 percent reduction in their electric bill after the project is complete. Brown says their bill is now $75 cheaper. 

In addition to lowering bills, the improvements can reduce fires and other hazards. 

Gov. Kay Ivey awarded the grants to 14 community action agencies across the state, including $52,000 in Huntsville, Madison,
and Limestone counties and $34,000 in northwest Alabama.

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