Kits to help needy delayed, overpriced

Jul 22, 2014

Thousands of emergency kits purchased with $660,000 in federal money for Alabama-based community health centers sat in storage long after they were supposed to have been distributed to the needy.

The contents of a SHEP kit that were supposed to have been distributed to homeless and others in the Birmingham and Tuskegee areas by March of 2010, shown here Monday July 14, 2014 (Frank Couch/

And reports it's still not clear what happened to all the kits more than four years after the kits were supposed to have been helping people.

The Tuskegee-based Central Alabama Comprehensive Health and Birmingham Health Care got federal grants for small kits that included a flashlight and first-aid supplies.

Federal inspectors found that thousands still sat in storage more than a year after they were supposed to be distributed. They called the kits "grossly overpriced" and are raising questions about the purchase.

A federal lawsuit is pending over some of the deals.