The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the state of Texas a $15.8 million grant to help the Texas Workforce Commission with Hurricane Ike recovery efforts.
The grant will create 600 temporary jobs to assist on projects for cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands in affected areas.
The grant will also fund projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of assistance to hurricane victims. Initially only $7.9 million of the total will be released. The balance will be available if the state demonstrates a continuing need for disaster assistance.
According to Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, the grant “will put several hundred Texans to work helping communities recover from Hurricane Ike damage.”
On Sept.13, the Federal EmergencyAgency declared 29 Texas counties eligible for its Public Assistance Grant Program. Among the counties are Austin, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Houston, Nacogdoches, San Jacinto, Tyler and Walker.