BY PATRICK GALLAGHER AND JENNIFER BISSELL
Unemployed Connecticut residents are now eligible to apply for temporary employment opportunities relating to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts through the state Department of Labor (DOL), Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced.
Temporary positions are available as part of a $1.8 million federal grant received in the storm’s wake, according to a Dec. 4 statement released by the governor’s office.
The positions are intended for people who are out of work as a result of the storm or who have been unemployed since before the storm hit and who have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits and other income supplements.
“In partnership with FEMA, our local municipalities, the state’s Emergency Management Office and regional Workforce Investment Boards, we are identifying relief, restoration and clean-up projects that meet the criteria of the grant, and taking information from residents who may also meet the federal guidelines,” said DOL Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer in a prepared statement.
The federal grant allows DOL to fund about 120 positions for up to 20 weeks for clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands within the affected towns and cities.
[stextbox id=”info”]Residents interested in applying for a temporary position should contact their closest CTWorks Career Center, where they will be asked to provide their contact information and current employment status. CTWorks contact information can be accessed at ct.gov/dol.[/stextbox]