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TWC Requests $1,423,992 in Federal Funds

Oct 21, 2011

Texas Workforce Commission

AUSTIN – In response to the damage caused by wildfires in Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced that the agency has requested $1,423,992 in Disaster Relief Employment from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to fund 60 temporary jobs in the area, an increase from the initial request for $712,685. Disaster Relief Employment is the first phase of a disaster National Emergency Grant (NEG).          
 
Initially, NEG funds can be used to provide wages and benefits to eligible temporary jobs participants, to fund supportive services (e.g., transportation, clothing and other work-related support). NEG funds also may later be used to assist participants’ re-entry into the workforce. If approved, the NEG funds will be available to victims of wildfires in Anderson, Bastrop, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Leon, Marion, Rusk, Smith and Upshur counties.
 
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area will coordinate with local community partners to help provide food, clothing, shelter and related humanitarian services. Community efforts will include performing demolition work and cleaning, repair, renovation or reconstruction of damaged and destroyed public structures, facilities and lands located within the designated disaster area.
 
TWC will continue to provide Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for those workers whose employment, agricultural employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the wildfires. In addition, TWC and the local workforce boards will continue to assist workers displaced as a result of the catastrophe, by working with employers and partnering with local organizations to provide housing, transportation, and reintegration assistance.
 
 
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the programs it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call (512) 463-8556 or visit www.texasworkforce.org.