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Rep. Demings Announces New Federal Grant for Displaced Hurricane Victims

January 24, 2018
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Congresswoman Val Demings (D-Orlando) today announced that the state of Florida has been awarded a $13,020,000 National Dislocated Worker Grant, with $4,340,000 to be released initially.

The grant will assist post-hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to find new jobs, including disaster relief employment to assist with clean-up and recovery. Florida has received thousands of evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands since those U.S. territories were hit back-to-back by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The grant will be administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Implementation in Rep. Demings’ district will be carried out by CareerSource Central FL, with which Rep. Demings has worked closely in the past.

Said Rep. Demings, “This is an important step towards restoring stability for thousands of Americans displaced by this year’s devastating hurricanes. I want to say to every evacuee in my district: you are welcome here, and if you choose to stay, we will do everything in our power to help you prosper. If you require assistance, please reach out to my office.

“Our post-hurricane effort should focus on two goals: first, we should ensure that every Puerto Rican and Virgin Islander who wants to stay in Florida can find prosperity and security here. Second, we should give displaced families from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands the opportunity to return to reconstructed and thriving homes.

“I am glad that the federal government will begin supporting the tremendous efforts already being made by Central Florida’s businesses, individuals, and Puerto Rican residents, and I will continue to work with CareerSource and local businesses to realize the aspiration of steady employment for every Central Floridian. As a founding member of the Congressional Task Force on Puerto Rico Arrivals to Central Florida I will continue to keep this issue front and center in the coming months.”

Said CareerSource Central Florida President and CEO Pam Nabors, “As families continue to move to Central Florida, the announcement of this much-needed grant comes as incredibly good news to all of us who are partnering to provide new and accessible opportunities to this new workforce. We greatly appreciate the time, energy, and hard work by our local, state, and federal leadership in gaining additional resources to supporting transitioning the Hurricane Maria evacuee population into jobs in our region.”