WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Connecticut delegation announced up to $1,830,620 for the Connecticut Department of Labor. This National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding from the U.S. Department of Labor will create about 120 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts as a result of the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
“This grant addresses critical needs in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, and brings us closer to recovery by providing dislocated workers with opportunities to clean, rebuild, and reconstruct the communities that were hit hardest. People in Connecticut affected by Sandy will continue to need resources for employment, community revitalization and safety, and we are grateful to the U.S. Department of Labor for its support today in each of these areas. As we continue down the path to a full recovery, we pledge to continue to fight for those affected by Sandy,” said the members.
These funds, of which $610,207 will be released initially, may be used to 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 to deliver humanitarian aid and safety assistance, as needed. These funds may also 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.
On October 30, 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, and New London counties and Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation as eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.