NR No. 23-19
Contact: Loree Levy/Aubrey Henry
SACRAMENTO – The Employment Development Department (EDD) today announces it received a federal grant award of $7.5 million to create new cleanup and recovery jobs in response to winter storms in December 2022 and January 2023 that caused widespread flooding and extensive waterway damage.
Awarded to California through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the National Dislocated Worker Grant of up to $22 million allows the EDD to provide impacted workers with temporary jobs focused on debris removal on public lands, along with water damage cleanup and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those affected by the storm. The $7.5 million is the first allocation of this grant received.
Between December 27, 2022, and January 31, 2023, a series of severe storms and atmospheric rivers swept through California. The storms caused local and regional flooding and mudslides, knocked down trees, triggered sinkhole formation and ultimately damaged public and private lands in 51 of the state’s 58 counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a major disaster declaration on Jan. 14, 2023, enabling California to request this funding.
Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants – supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 – expand the service capacity of programs at the state and local levels by providing funding to create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts, when an area impacted by disaster is declared eligible for public assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or otherwise recognized by a federal agency with authority or jurisdiction over federal response to the emergency or disaster.
Individuals eligible for the temporary employment opportunities include those who meet any of the following four conditions: 1) individuals laid off, permanently or temporarily, because of the storms between December 27, 2022 and January 31, 2023; 2) individuals that qualify as Dislocated Workers; 3) long-term unemployed individuals; or 4) self-employed individuals who became unemployed or significantly underemployed because of the storms between December 27, 2022 and January 31, 2023.
For more information about how the funds are specifically being used in various storm-damaged areas of the state or to see if you qualify as a grant participant, contact the project operators listed below.
National Dislocated Worker Grant – Project Operators
|City of Los Angeles|
|Jamie Francisco, Public Information Officer, City of Los Angeles EWDDfirstname.lastname@example.org||(213) 276-9321|
|Merced County Department of Workforce Investment|
|Erick Serrato, Directoremail@example.com||(209) 724-2000|
|Mother Lode (Job Training) Consortium|
|Lindsay Macon, Project Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(209) 536-4522|
|Monterey County Workforce Development Board|
|Christopher Donnelly, Executive Director||Donnellyc@co.monterey.ca.us||(831) 759-6644|
|Workforce Alliance of the North Bay|
|Laura Davis, Associate Director-Chief of Operationsemail@example.com||(707) 699-1952|
|North Central Counties Consortium|
|Cindy Newton, Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(530) 751-8202|
|Northern Rural Training & Employment Consortium (NoRTEC)|
|Stephanie Bruce, Programs Services Analystemail@example.com||(530) 892-9600 x207|
|Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA)|
|Julie Davis-Jaffe, Workforce Development Manager||Julie.Jaffe@seta.net||(916) 263-3929|
|Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board|
|Andy Stone, Workforce Development Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(831) 763-8824|
|Tulare County Workforce Investment Board|
|Nicola Wissler, Communications Coordinator||Nlwissler@tularewib.org||(559) 713-5208|
|Workforce Development Board of Ventura County|
|Rebecca Evans, Executive Directoremail@example.com||(805) 477-5306|