Landrieu Announces up to $3.35M to Create Jobs for Displaced Workers Following Hurricane Isaac
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced up to $3.35 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding for the Louisiana Workforce Commission to create temporary jobs for workers dislocated by Hurricane Isaac. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an initial release of $1.1 million of NEG funding will be used to hire eligible workers to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
"This storm did more than devastate homes," Sen. Landrieu said. "It has closed offices, businesses and other facilities that employ hundreds of Louisiana residents. This funding will give displaced workers a sense of security while they work to return their lives and our communities to normal."
The funding will provide 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, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid and safety assistance. These funds may be used to perform work on the homes of economically disadvantaged individuals who are eligible for the federally funded weatherization program, with priority given to services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
The state identified the following parishes to target for assistance under this NEG: Ascension; Assumption; East Feliciana; Helena; Iberville; Jefferson; Lafourche; Livingston; Orleans; Plaquemines; Point Coupee; St. Bernard; St. Charles; St. James; St. John the Baptist; St. Tammany; Tangipahoa; Terrebonne; Washington; West Baton; and West Feliciana.
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