Funding for Texas Workers Dislocated by Hurricane Ike

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Texas's senior Senator, today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a National Emergency Grant, through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), worth $15,883,200 to the Texas Workforce Commission for workers dislocated by Hurricane Ike.

The following Texas counties will be covered: Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Washington.

"Hurricane Ike battered the Gulf Coast in a matter of hours, but the impact of the storm will continue to be felt by Texans as they work to rebuild their lives and communities," said Sen. Hutchison . "This funding will help in the recovery process by assisting workers who were displaced by the storm."

According to the DOL, this project will create temporary employment to assist in clean-up and recovery efforts as a result of Hurricane Ike, as well as projects that provide food, clothing, shelter, and other types of humanitarian assistance for disaster victims. The grant will target workers dislocated as a result of Hurricane Ike, other dislocated workers, and the long-term unemployed. The DOL provides these funds to the states, which in turn funds the project operation.