The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a $22,200,000 grant to the state of Louisiana to fund approximately 4,000 temporary jobs for cleanup and recovery efforts following Hurricane Gustav.
"This $22 million emergency grant will fund 4,000 jobs for workers to help Louisiana communities recover from Hurricane Gustav damage," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "Funds will also be used to provide Louisiana residents in need with vital humanitarian assistance including food, clothing and shelter."
On Sept. 2, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared 34 parishes in Louisiana as eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance program.
The grant, awarded to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, will provide funding for temporary employment on projects for the cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed structures and public lands within the affected communities.
Funds also will be used for projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance, including work on the homes of individuals who are eligible for the federally funded weatherization program with priority given to services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Of the $22,200,000 awarded, $7,400,000 will be released immediately. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for disaster assistance.