United Way Receives Over $500,000 Grant to Provide Housing Services

United Way of Central Alabama was recently awarded $520,000 through the Housing Affordability Trust. The grants will serve various programs throughout UWCA, including 2-1-1 and Meals on Wheels. This year, Housing Affordability Trust awarded five million dollars to 19 local organizations, including United Way of Central Alabama.

The funds were distributed as follows:

  • $125,000 to provide information, referrals, and emergency financial assistance to households impacted by COVID-19 via 2-1-1 Connects Central Alabama
  • $150,000 to provide housing counseling, financial education, and temporary financial assistance to households affected by COVID-19 via the Financial Stability Partnership
  • $20,000 to provide emergency financial assistance to veterans experiencing homelessness or housing instability beyond what our federal program allows
  • $75,000 to grow the Meals on Wheels Home Repair Program, so that seniors can remain safely in their own homes
  • $150,000 to expand Meals on Wheels services throughout Jefferson County, so that no senior experiences hunger, loneliness, or isolation

With the Alabama unemployment rate at 13.3%, 2-1-1 is now positioned to assist more people in Central Alabama with emergency housing assistance.

“We are thrilled and grateful to have been awarded these grant funds from the Housing Affordability Trust. These funds will allow us to serve Central Alabama on a larger scale and make a greater impact on our community,” said Karla Lawrence, Senior Vice President of Community Initiatives.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, the Housing Affordability Trust was established by the Jefferson County Housing Authority and Navigate Affordable Housing Partners. Board members are Chairman Sam Parker, Vice-Chairman Hugo Isom, Michael Davis, and Perry Shuttlesworth. For more information, visit www.housingaffordabilitytrust.com.

United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, and St. Clair counties by providing solutions for the most critical needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives, we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. For more information, visit www.uwca.org.