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Governor DeSantis announces nearly $6 Million in additional Hurricane Michael relief

Posted at 11:38 AM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 11:42:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that Florida has been awarded an additional $5.8 million in federal funding through the National Dislocated Worker Grant to provide temporary employment to Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael.

According to government officials, the federal National Dislocated Worker Grant, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), provides disaster relief employment in the form of temporary jobs that support clean-up and recovery efforts in a declared disaster area.

"I’m pleased to announce Florida has been awarded $5.8 million in federal funds to provide employment opportunities for the resilient men and women of Northwest Florida,” said Governor DeSantis. “The communities and businesses devastated by Hurricane Michael are home to some of the strongest and hardest working people I’ve ever met. We will continue to fight for Northwest Florida as they work to rebuild their communities and reemerge even stronger than before.”

Officials say disaster relief employment includes humanitarian assistance for disaster victims and temporary jobs that may involve demolition, clean-up, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged structures and facilities. Individuals who qualify for disaster relief employment are people who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a result of a disaster, dislocated workers including the self-employed who have lost work due to the hurricane and individuals who have been unemployed long-term.

“Communities across the Florida Panhandle are still experiencing the impacts of this storm, including the need to remove debris and repair infrastructure, said Ken Lawson, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. "This grant will allow Floridians to not only find meaningful employment, but rebuild their communities at the same time.”

To look for employment opportunities to help rebuild Florida’s communities after a disaster or to post disaster-related jobs where a labor force is needed, visit Florida’s Disaster Recovery Jobs Portal.

For information regarding National Dislocated Worker Grants, Floridians should visit their local career center. To find a local career center, click here.