$10.4 Million to Aid Pa. Workers Impacted by Floods

October 26, 2004

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced a National Emergency Grant of $10.4 million to assist workers in Pennsylvania who lost their jobs due to recent hurricane-related flooding.

“The President and I want to do everything we can to help Pennsylvania workers affected by recent hurricane-related flooding get back on their feet,” said Chao. “This $10.4 million grant will create nearly 700 jobs for unemployed workers to aid with disaster clean-up and help restore and rebuild the communities in Pennsylvania that have been impacted by these storms.”

Awarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the grant will provide temporary jobs for workers who became unemployed as a result of the hurricanes, as well as other dislocated workers. The emergency funds will be used on projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other humanitarian assistance for disaster victims.

Workers will also help with demolition, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands, and will be able to assist with work on homes of economically disadvantaged individuals who are eligible for the federally funded weatherization program. Priority will be given to services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

The grant will fund temporary jobs for approximately 672 individuals in the following 46 counties declared eligible for public assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York.

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