DOL launches Flood Recovery Jobs Program

177228866The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has received a $4.6 million National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to launch a Flood Recovery Jobs Program.

Nine counties were designated by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to receive public assistance. The program will enable the DOL to hire about 230 temporary workers for clean up and recovery issues across El Paso, Boulder, Clear Creek, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Washington and Weld counties.

Of the $4.6 million being allocated, $2.3 million will be initially released.

“After such devastation, the work ahead in many communities is staggering. This grant will give us a chance to provide dislocated workers and long-term unemployed Coloradans with job opportunities assisting in their communities, addressing long-term recovery issues,” said Department of Labor Executive Director Ellen Golombek in a news release on Monday.

Veterans and migrant seasonal farmworkers will also be targeted for hiring. After federal officials reviewed the severity of the flood’s impact to communities, the National Emergency Grant was made available. Workforce Centers in the nine affected counties are now engaged with county agencies and community-based organizations in identifying eligible candidates for these temporary jobs.

Participants must meet federally determined eligibility guidelines before being hired for the temporary jobs. Workers are being sought to operate equipment, clean and repair culverts, roads and levees, restore playgrounds and trails and supervise crews.

In addition to physical labor jobs, candidates will be recruited for humanitarian assistance jobs such as distributing food and clothing, helping secure shelter and other services and resources. Some job seekers will even be hired to perform administrative functions that support disaster recovery efforts and the Disaster NEG program.

Wages of up to $12,000 per person for six months of employment will be made available through the grant and funds may also be available to help with transportation to the worksite, childcare, uniforms, tools, etc.

Contact the Pikes Peak Workforce Center to learn more about the National Emergency Grant or apply for a job.  A complete list of participating workforce centers is available at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website.