Saturday, September 06, 2008

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $3.5 Million Grants to Illinois

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that a $3,500,000 grant will be sent to the state of Illinois to create about 200 temporary jobs to assist in cleanup and recovery efforts because of recent storms and flooding.

"This $3.5 million grant will boost cleanup and recovery efforts in Illinois and provide funds for humanitarian assistance for residents who have suffered storm and flooding damage," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

On June 24, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the some counties in Illinois eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program, which are as follows: Adams, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Hancock, Henderson, Jasper, Lawrence, Mercer, Pike and Rock Island.

The grant which is awarded to the Illinois Department of Workforce Development, will be used to provide temporary employment on projects for the cleanup, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged public structures, facilities. Funds also will be used for projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance for disaster victims.

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