Some jobless Californians may get work cleaning up storm damage
April 18, 2017
• Labor Department grant awards up to $7 Million for clean-up, recovery efforts
• Might mean jobs for 350
As many as 350 jobless Californians might find temporary work helping the clean up from the powerful January storms that raked much of the state.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday announced that it has approved a grant of as much as $7 million under the National Dislocated Worker program.
The Labor Department says it is releasing half of the amount initially to the California Employment Development Department.
The project’s recovery activities target seven of the eligible counties: Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Barbara.
The funds will provide for temporary employment on projects to assist with clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands within the affected communities.
Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed by President Barack Obama in 2014, the dislocated worker grants temporarily expand the service capacity of training and employment programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses. The grants generally provide resources to states and local workforce investment boards to reemploy laid-off workers quickly by offering training to increase occupational skills.