Earlier today, Congressman Andrews announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has released $15,591,400 in emergency funds for the State of New Jersey to create about 1,000 temporary jobs for dislocated workers to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.
Awarded to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the National Emergency Grant (NEG) will 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. The funds will also be used to deliver humanitarian aid and safety assistance to impacted communities. Finally, the funds may 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.
"I applaud Secretary Solis and Governor Christie for rapidly responding to the needs of those harmed by this devastating hurricane," said Congressman Andrews. "This effort helps families get on with their lives by not only providing the funds to rebuild the community but giving work to those who have been hit hardest and suffered the most."
The grant currently extends to the counties of Atlantic; Cape May; Essex; Hudson; Middlesex; Monmouth; Ocean; and, Union. Rep. Andrews will continue working to help those in South Jersey who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. For more information on NEGs, please visit http://www.doleta.gov/neg/.