There's new help for those who lost their job because of the April 27 tornadoes. Those individuals will be eligible for new employment helping their communities recover.
A $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used to hire temporary workers to help local governments in the hardest hit areas, Governor Bentley's office announced Thursday. The workers will help with clearing debris and the rebuilding process.
"The April 27 tornadoes left a path of devastation that not only included lives and properties, but also jobs," Bentley said. "This grant will give both communities and unemployed workers a much-needed helping hand."
County and municipal governments will work with Alabama Career Centers in their areas to find applicants who are eligible for the temporary jobs. First priority for employment will be given to workers whose employers are closed because of the tornadoes.
Counties targeted for assistance in hiring temporary workers include Bibb, Calhoun, Cullman, DeKalb, Elmore, Fayette, Franklin, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, St. Clair, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa and Walker. Additional counties may be included at a later date.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs applied for the National Emergency Grant on April 29. Municipal and county governments should contact ADECA at (334) 242-5886 to request funding for the temporary worker program.