BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) received a five million dollar award that will be used to create jobs focused on disaster recovery.
The award is a portion of a National Dislocated Worker Grant, a grant that could increase to $10 million. According to a news release from LWC, the funds will support local and state programs providing Louisiana residents jobs. Those jobs would be storm recovery-related in hardest-hit areas.
“At its core, this money will help us provide humanitarian assistance to people who are suffering after
Hurricane Ida,” said LWC Secretary Ava Cates. “Disaster recovery is [a] marathon, not a sprint and this funding will help us provide stability to people who need it most.”
“Hurricane Ida destroyed more than just people’s homes. It took away their livelihoods,” said Tavares Walker,
Assistant Secretary of Workforce Development. “Right after any disaster, we have a responsibility to help
people in need maintain some semblance of normal life. This money helps us make sure Louisianians can do that.”