Moulton Head Start rallied the community during their December Be the Light event as vital fire safety information, equipment, and assistance was shared with area families with low incomes.
Moulton Head Start Center Director Edie Dugger and Assistant Center Director Carolyn Brackin Orr sought and received support from community leaders to provide participating families with items such as high efficiency light bulbs, smoke detectors, power surge protectors, flashlights, and lamp.
During the Be the Light event alone, more than 50 energy assistance applications were distributed to local families. Thanks to monetary contributions by local agencies, public and private businesses, multiple families received assistance with their utility bills. All families receiving assistance were screened for eligibility before being entered into a random drawing (excluding CAPNA employees).
A total of 46 smoke detectors were donated along with HOMEnergy efficiency kits from CAPNA, courtesy of TVA. The kits included energy efficiency tools such as weather stripping, switch plates, caulk, and other materials to help reduce energy consumption.
In addition to the items distributed to families, Moulton Head Start students participated in fire safety activities that included materials donated from the local fire department. Thanks to the extensive community support, Moulton Head Start families are able to live a little safer and sleep a little warmer.
In response to COVID-19 and recommendations by state health officials, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama is implementing a new non-contact process for accepting applications for energy assistance. Beginning Friday, May 22nd applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be available for pickup from outdoor literature boxes at the 3 CAPNA offices in Decatur, Moulton, and Cullman, at local utility company offices, and on the CAPNA website at www.capna.org/energy-assistance.
While all three CAPNA offices remain closed to the public, residents of Cullman, Lawrence, and Morgan counties will follow the new non-contact procedures for applying for energy assistance until further notice. Complete applications will still require specific documentation for determining eligibility. The application packet has an instruction sheet with a step-by-step guide for the new process.
Completed applications with required documentation can be submitted in one of four ways:
Mailed to Community Action Partnership in Decatur at 1909 Central Parkway SW, Decatur AL, 35601, ATTN: LIHEAP Department
Faxed to 256-355-7953, ATTN: LIHEAP Department
Placed in the physical drop box at the Central Office location in Decatur.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ADECA contracts with community action agencies and local nonprofit agencies to deliver LIHEAP to low-income households throughout the state (source: The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs).