Jul 19 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR WALKER COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, HUD Appropriations Bill. This bill was approved at the Subcommittee level today and now heads to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the bill provides funding for important projects across the state. These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation, infrastructure development, and economic growth activities.”

Jasper Area Family Services Center - $350,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that these funds have been included in this legislation. Jasper Area Family Services Center provides important services for families in the area including adult education classes, English as a Second Language, programs for at-risk children and their parents, job training, and important other programs. These funds will be used for construction of a new facility in Jasper.”

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $500,000 for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging. These critical resources allow this agency to continue providing much needed transportation options for Alabama’s senior citizens.”

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) to construct a new Regional Center in Tuscaloosa. AIDB, founded in 1858, is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled and their families. Last year, AIDB served over 11,000 people in their other regional centers in Alabama.”

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