City of Talladega thanked for assisting the community
June 4, 2023
(Talladega, AL) The City of Talladega utilized American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to partner with organizations that assist Talladega residents facing financial challenges caused or exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.
At a recent Chamber Coffee attended by City Manager Seddrick Hill Sr., Councilwoman Vickey Hall, Councilwoman Betty Spratlin and other community leaders, Samaritan House volunteer Peggy Smith expressed her gratitude for the city’s support.
The city provided $50,000 each to four organizations: Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) Senior Services; First Family - Rent and Housing Authority; Samaritan House; and the Community Action Agency of Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Calhoun and Cleburne Counties (TCRCC).
“Samaritan House appreciated that money so much,” said Smith. “It helped so many people. Many people who came to us for help would cry and, when they cried, I cried. The elderly were especially appreciative because many of them have a very limited income.”
Samaritan House used the funds to provide utility assistance; TCRCC assisted landlords who needed assistance due to struggling tenants; AIDB Senior Services provided prescription assistance; and First Family aided those in need of emergency housing or rent assistance. The city also provided portable Wifi hotspots, which can be checked out at the public library.
In addition to disbursing ARPA funds to assist community members in need, the city appropriated $787,430 in funding for diverse organizations that improve the quality of life in Talladega.
Pictured left to right are Rietta Broom, Cheryl Cooper, Councilwoman Spratlin, Peggy Smith, City Manager Seddrick Hill Sr. and Councilwoman Vickey Hall.