The California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced today it has received a grant for up to $44 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide temporary jobs on fire clean-up and recovery projects to 1,350 unemployed workers and career services for 1,620 individuals who have been affected by the wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
“These funds will put people who have lost their jobs back to work, provide career services to those who cannot return to their former jobs because of the disasters and aid in the rebuilding and recovery of local economies,” said EDD Director Patrick W. Henning.
This Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant will assist the state in response to the November wildfires by providing temporary employment opportunities to workers who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the fires. Job opportunities include clean up and repair damages to facilities, infrastructure and tribal lands located within the disaster areas of the Camp, Woolsey, Hill and other wildfires.
Career and job training services, including new skills development and certifications for local in-demand occupations, will be available for individuals who are unlikely to return to their prior employment as a result of the destruction.
Public agencies or non-profit organizations in counties with property damage from these wildfires or their after-effects – including post‑burn flooding and mudslides – should contact the project operators listed below for assistance in becoming a worksite partner.
EDD recommends that all individuals interested in applying for temporary jobs or receiving employment assistance register at a local America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM locations, which also offer no-fee employment services and training resources.
For more information on the workforce and training providers operating local projects, please contact the following:
|2018 CA NDWG Temporary Work Contact List|
|Project Operator||Counties Served||Contact Person|
|City of Los Angeles, Economic and Workforce Development Department||Los Angeles
|Donny Brooks, Assistant Chief
|County of Los Angeles Workforce Development||Los Angeles||Rafael Navarro, Rapid Response Coordinator
|La Cooperativa Campesina de California||Butte||Marina Tapia, Executive Assistant
Julissa Garcia, Operations Analyst
|Northern California Indian Development Council, Inc.||Butte||Greg Gehr, Executive Director
|Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium||Butte||Michael Cross, Executive Director
|Workforce Development Board of Ventura County||Ventura||Patrick Newburn, Workforce Development Board
Administration Manager Patrick.email@example.com