Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, Inc. is a private non-profit corporation. Incorporated under the law of the State of Alabama March 19, 1965 and organized for the purpose of planning, developing and administering programs and services designed to help eliminate poverty and encourage self-sufficiency. We are conveniently located in Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale Counties to serve the residents of each county.
Our energy assistance program serves more than 3,000 households a year. Energy assistance may be provided through Project Share, Project Help, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Our on-line utility scheduler has been added for your convenience.
What To Bring To Your Appointment
Please read carefully all federal and state requirements below.
If any of following applies to you or anyone in your household then you MUST have all documentation in order to be seen for your appointment. - Original Social Security cards for everyone in your household. (We will not accept a copy) - Current Alabama Picture ID of head of household including spouse, if applicable. Please check your ID expiration date. - An Unpaid Current Original Power/Gas Bill. Note: Utility bills MUST be in head of household or spouses name only. If in the Landlords name you must provide rental agreement or letter. - You MUST provide proof of Gross income for the PREVIOUS MONTH for ALL PERSONS living in the household.
Proof of income may include examples below and/or other types of income proof:
Adult - Check stubs from employer, Social Security, SSI, pension, unemployment, VA benefits, or self employment records. If you are a NACOLG employee our agency requires your income. (We will not accept bank statements.)
A child's - Child Support, TANF and/orChilds Social Security/SSI benefits
Any other income verification information you may have.
All household members, 18 and over, MUST PROVIDE an original NOTARIZED statement using Form 125 for anyone claiming no income for the previous month. Please make note: 1) The person filling out your no income statement must go with you to the notarys office. They must also list their address and phone number on the statement. 2) The following persons CANNOT fill out your "no income statement: You, a relative, an immediate family member, or a client of Community Action. 3) We will not accept a hand written statement. You MUST use Form 125. You may visit one of our offices to request a form or visit our website at www.caanw.org to print it prior to your appointment.
Non-parental guardians MUST PROVIDE documentation from the Court or Department of Human Resources showing current permanent or temporary custody of children living in the household.
If you live in reduced income housing which includes, Public Housing, Section 8, or ANY income based housing you must bring your lease or housing choice voucher.