Monday, September 24, 2012

Possible Temporary Work in Disaster Cleanup In Central, Southern, and Northwest Ohio

As I've often said, grant money does the darndest things, running out and eventually wending its way to individuals in all manner of fashion.  Who knew that disaster funds for storms that hit Ohio this summer would end up in...the Department of Labor, given out to south and central Ohio counties to hire people in temporary positions to do cleanup work after the storms?  It's true. 

Thirty seven counties in Ohio were declared part of a disaster area from storms that occurred between June 29th through July 2nd, by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, and the Department of Labor gave them $21 million emergency grant for cleanup labor.  Of the 37, 19 counties have applied to the Department of Labor to hire temporary cleanup workers.  Part of the reason is that there are costs for the recipient counties as well that not all these localities can bear. But which are the 19?  I've looked, but could only identify some from news stories: Licking, Muskingum, Morgan, and  Fairfield.

Those eligible to be hired must have lost their home or job in the disaster, be one of the long-term unemployed, be a "dislocated worker" (whose job was lost through foreign trade), or a returning veteran.  They are limited to working up to about 1000 hours and $12,000 in wages in the program.  If your county is one of the 37 with disaster aid, and you fall into one of the group of eligible workers, how can you find out if your county is one of the 19 which has the aid to hire people?  Call your county's Jobs and Family Services, which will be in charge of hiring the temporary workers.

***NEW****As of October 3, there is hiring in Hancock County to clean up wind damage for up to 26 weeks.  See the story for details.  You can apply at JobSolutions in Findlay between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Call 419-429-8083 to learn more.

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