$27 Million Federal Grant will Help Place 5,000+ Unemployed NYers to Work on Sandy Recovery
In an effort to assist Long Islanders and others affected by Sandy to both recover and clean up from that storm, New York has secured a $27 million federal grant which will be used to hire more than 5,000 New Yorkers. The funding will be provided through a “National Emergency Grant,” and will be apportioned to communities still recovering from the storm, allowing them hire those currently unemployed to work on additional clean-up.
More than 5,000 unemployed residents will be hired for temporary positions to clean up debris and distribute supplies in areas devastated by Super Storm Sandy, and the jobs will pay approximately $15 an hour and last as long as six months.
The temporary jobs will be open to those who are currently unemployed, at least 18 years old, and live on Long Island, or other areas in the NY-Metro region affected by the storm. Residents can apply for jobs by calling 1-888-469-7365 or by filling out an online form (available at www.labor.ny.gov/sandyjobs).
In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is beginning a separate program to hire New Yorkers to replace agency employees, many of whom came here from other states, who have been working in the region since the hurricane struck. The goal is to hire more than 700 New Yorkers.