Connecticut is getting $1.8 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to create about 120 temporary jobs for dislocated workers to assist with Hurricane Sandy clean-up and recovery efforts.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the National Emergency Grant Friday afternoon. The money can be used to provide "temporary employment on projects to assist with clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and construction of destroyed public structures, facilities, and lands within affected communities, as well as to deliver humanitarian aid and safety assistance," according to a press release from the governor's office.
“In addition to hiring those who have been dislocated, this is funding that can be put to use immediately to help Connecticut rebuild in the wake of this devastating storm,” Malloy said. “This is another example of why these types of emergency programs are needed, and I thank the Department of Labor and FEMA for their assistance in helping our state recover from Storm Sandy.”
“These temporary workers may be on the job for approximately 20 weeks,” said Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer. “Coordination of activities with FEMA and state and county emergency management operations will occur at the local level and will facilitate the supervision of workers at the various project sites.”
Recruitment will become available through the state Department of Labor, which is the coordinating agency for the grant.
On Oct. 30, President Obama approved a major disaster declaration in Connecticut for Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London counties in the aftermath of Storm Sandy.