State Receives $3 Million in Emergency Workforce Funds (04/30/09)

For Immediate Release 
April 30, 2009  

Contact:
Robby Cunningham (850) 245-7130

 

State Receives $3 Million in Emergency Workforce Funds

~Grant monies to provide humanitarian relief and jumpstart local economies~

Tallahassee, FL – At the request of Governor Charlie Crist, the State of Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation requested and has received a National Emergency Grant (NEG) in the amount of $3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. The NEG will be used to provide humanitarian assistance and create temporary jobs for those affected by recent severe storms and flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

“These funds will provide immediate humanitarian aid and employment opportunities for Floridians whose lives were impacted by the storms and flooding in the Panhandle area,” said Cynthia R. Lorenzo, Interim Director of the Agency for Workforce Innovation.  “We will use this National Emergency Grant to provide food, water and shelter for those most severely impacted, and to put approximately 300 Floridians to work in helping with the local clean-up efforts.”

The NEG will provide funding to assist with:

  • Local Humanitarian Assistance – NEG funds will be available to support disaster recovery centers and related community outreach in the affected areas. These activities include distributing vital supplies such as clothing, food, water and shelter. 
  • Emergency Jobs Program – NEG funds will provide temporary jobs for local citizens to help in the cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and land within the affected area, and to address other clean-up issues related to the Panhandle flooding.  Regional Workforce Boards will operate the programs in the affected areas where citizens will be able to apply directly for the jobs.  The locations and dates pertaining to the start-up of these programs are forthcoming. For people unable to find work after their temporary jobs end, remaining funds may be used to provide core, intensive training services.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on April 21 declared the following 11 Florida counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program, and therefore, eligible to receive NEG funds: Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington.  The Agency will request that the NEG be amended to include additional areas as they become approved for public assistance by FEMA.
From the $3 million grant announced yesterday, $1 million will be released initially. Additional funding, up to the amount approved, will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for disaster-related assistance.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information on National Emergency Grants, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/.

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