Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Florida Gets DOL Emergency Grant

On Aug 25, 2008, The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $20 million grant to the state of Florida to create temporary jobs in the wake of Tropical Storm Fay.

On August 21, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared all 67 Florida counties as eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

“This $20 million grant will provide Floridians with temporary jobs assisting in disaster relief and clean-up efforts to help communities recover from the record amounts of rain that fell as a result of Tropical Storm Fay,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

It will provide approximately 6,500 temporary jobs for cleanup and recovery efforts on public property and humanitarian aid. The Department of Labor made $8 million available immediately to the state's Agency for Workforce Innovation, and additional funds up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for disaster assistance.

The grant also will support disaster recovery centers that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance. Two centers have been opened in Brevard County, and others will be added as needed throughout the state.

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