MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $3.06 million grant to Jefferson County to provide temporary work for residents who lost their jobs after the April 27 tornadoes.
The grant will pay the wages of approximately 212 temporary workers hired by the county and municipalities to help with the cleanup and restoration of public areas damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes. The workers will clear debris and start the rebuilding process and also may staff shelters and food banks. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant.
“Disasters like the April 27 tornadoes can take away livelihoods along with homes and structures,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “This funding not only will help communities to recover, it should provide income for many of our neighbors who lost employment because of these violent storms.”
The county will enter into agreements with local municipalities and nonprofit organizations in areas with tornado damage. The workers will assist with the demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public facilities within the affected communities.
Temporary workers hired under the grant may work up to six months for a maximum of $12,000, although some cleanup jobs may be completed in a shorter time period. First priority for employment will be given to workers whose employers are closed because of the tornadoes. The Jefferson County Workforce Investment Area office will work with the Alabama Career Center in Birmingham to determine eligibility and register temporary workers.
Funds for the Jefferson County grant came from a $10 million National Emergency Grant secured by ADECA from the U.S. Department of Labor on May 4.
Bentley notified Keith Strother of the Jefferson County Local Workforce Investment Area office that the grant had been approved.
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