Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) provide disaster-relief employment, as well as employment and training services to minimize the impact of large, unexpected emergencies and natural disasters causing significant job losses. Disaster Recovery DWGs create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts and provide humanitarian assistance in impacted areas. The funding may also be used to temporarily expand capacity to serve dislocated workers and meet the increased demand for employment and training services, thus enhancing their employability and earnings.

Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) in areas covered by the Disaster/Emergency Declaration are responsible for Disaster Recovery DWG program administration and service delivery, including but not limited to:

  • Working with local governmental and other agencies to assess the need for temporary disaster-relief workers and developing worksite agreements to address these needs;
  • Working with local employers to address talent needs in the wake of the disaster/emergency; and
  • Conducting outreach and eligibility determination of individuals applying for workforce services and providing eligible participants appropriate grant services.

Active Florida Disaster Recovery DWGs

  • Hurricane Irma – ends September 30, 2021, operating through CareerSource Brevard.
  • Hurricane Maria – ends September 30, 2021, operating through CareerSource Central Florida.
  • Hurricane Michael – ends September 30, 2022, operating through CareerSource Chipola and CareerSource Gulf Coast.
  • Hurricane Dorian – ends September 30, 2021, operating through CareerSource Brevard.
  • Opioid National Health Emergency – ends March 31, 2022, operating through CareerSource Brevard and CareerSource Suncoast.
  • COVID 19 – ends March 31, 2022, operating through the CareerSource Florida Network.
  • Hurricane Sally – ends September 30, 2022, operating through CareerSource Escarosa, CareerSource Chipola, and CareerSource Gulf Coast.

Contacts

  • Kathryn Nelson

    Disaster Recovery DWG Coordinator
    (850) 245-7421
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