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Date:October 6, 2021
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LWC awarded $5M to support Hurricane Ida recovery and employ displaced workers

BATON ROUGE, La.- The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is launching additional efforts to support jobs and recovery services after Hurricane Ida by employing people from our own communities to rebuild. The efforts are funded through a multi-million dollar award from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).

The $5 million awarded to LWC is the first part of a National Dislocated Worker Grant that could increase to as much as $10 million. The money will support programs, at the local and state level, to help provide Louisianians jobs focused on debris clean-up; food, water and other humanitarian aid as well as other recovery efforts statewide.

“At its core, this money will help us provide humanitarian assistance to people who are suffering after Hurricane Ida,” said LWC Secretary Ava Cates. “Disaster recovery is a marathon not a sprint and this funding will help us provide stability to people who need it most.”

The money will help create disaster-relief employment opportunities for eligible individuals within the declared disaster area. The jobs made available through this award will give people a chance to begin to rebuild after the storm.

“Hurricane Ida destroyed more than just people’s homes. It took away their livelihoods,” said Tavares Walker, Assistant Secretary of Workforce Development. “Right after any disaster we have a responsibility to help people in need maintain some semblance of normal life. This money helps us make sure Louisianians can do that.”

Displaced workers who are interested in applying for disaster relief job opportunities can begin the application process here or on https://www.laworks.net/. A staff person will then reach out to verify eligibility. To be considered for disaster relief job opportunities, you must have a HiRE account which can be created here.

Job seekers can also explore careers and top-rated jobs at https://www.laworks.net/stars/.

Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, National Dislocated Worker Grants temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker programs at the state and local levels by providing funding assistance in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.

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