COVID-19 UPDATE

The need arose and you responded—with heartfelt thanks to you for your ongoing efforts to ensure that amid a national health crisis our state’s most vulnerable citizens were in safe, decent, and affordable housing to help prevent the spread of COVID. We still have much work to do as we continue our efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other infectious diseases among persons or families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance. With your partnership, the dark days of this pandemic will become a little brighter.

ARCH Receives $10 Million Grant from Gov. Ivey

April 9, 2021

MONTGOMERY, AL — Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless Inc. (ARCH) is one of 15 regional
agencies that has been awarded funds from the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program by Gov.
Ivey. Funds from this grant will allow ARCH and other agencies to provide shelter, legal and health
services, and other assistance to those who face losing their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic or
are already homeless.

“The COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges for families around the globe,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am proud to direct these funds to benefit those greatly impacted in our own state. These grants will support programs and organizations that are able to provide at least some relief to many who are without a place of their own or at risk of becoming homeless.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the Emergency Solutions
Grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These funds
come as a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act also known as the CARES Act.
While the grant was awarded to ARCH, Executive Director, Felicia Jackson is credited with authoring the
proposal that secured the 10 million dollar grant for the organization. ARCH is fortunate to serve under
her leadership as one of the top executive minority female leaders in our state. Amongst other recipients
ARCH received the largest sum from the allotted funds.

“I am a firm believer in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs; for any person to reach their full potential, their basic needs must be met first. As an affordable housing and eviction prevention advocate, I understand the need for safety, shelter, and stability. I see housing as more than a basic need, but a human right. The Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless Inc. is honored to receive this grant from Gov. Ivey, the amount of impact this will have on the homeless population in the forty-two counties that we serve will be groundbreaking.” said Felicia Jackson.
Mrs. Jackson has extensive experience in the HUD Continuum of Care process, Community
Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery, FEMA Disaster Case Management, affordable housing,
and community development. She also has a strong track record of cultivating successful collaborations
between government, housing developers, private sector, nonprofit and community partners as seen by
her excellent work in securing this most recent grant.

About Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless Inc.:
Our mission is to BRIDGE THE GAP between Communities, Landlords, Housing Developers, and State
and Federal Resources to provide Support, Housing, and Services for homeless or at risk of
homelessness individuals and families.

Counties Served by Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless Inc.:
Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh,
Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Escambia, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry,
Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph,
Russell, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, Washington and Wilcox counties

For more information and/or interview opportunities, contact our executive director directly:
Felicia Jackson
Executive Director
Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
P: 334.273.0668
Felicia@archconnection.org

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