Emergency grants will create temporary jobs

Times Leader

MARTINS FERRY - Federal grant funding for storm cleanups will help create temporary jobs for displaced workers in Belmont County and other counties in the Appalachian Ohio region.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that more than $16.2 million will be available to create 1,144 temporary jobs in Ohio through a National Emergency Grant. The funding was awarded in the wake of a federal disaster declaration for 21 counties in Ohio that were affected by severe storms and flooding that occurred between April 4 and May 15 of this year.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in July declared 21 counties in Ohio eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program. This grant will assist 15 of those counties, including Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe, Guernsey, Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Ross, Scioto, Vinton and Washington counties.

These funds are being awarded to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Of the total award, $3.5 million will be initially released. Official allocation amounts for each county will be released in the next few weeks, officials said.

The grants will enable the approved counties to hire crews of temporary workers to perform the cleanup work. The number of workers hired in each county will be based on its share of Ohio's total award.

"This past spring, more than 20 Ohio counties saw severe rainstorms and flooding that led to damaged homes, farms, small businesses and public buildings," said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "These federal resources from the Department of Labor will not only put dislocated employees back to work, but will help restore and clean up the dozens of Ohio communities that were affected by these storms."

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