Alexander, Frist Applaud $500,000 Labor Grant to Displaced Gulf Coast Residents

Posted on November 22, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Labor for awarding a $500,000 grant to the Tennessee Department of Labor under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) National Emergency Grant Funds program. The grant will aid approximately 700 individuals who evacuated to Tennessee as a result of Hurricane Katrina. “Tennessee has once again demonstrated its Volunteer spirit by welcoming the victims of Hurricane Katrina,” Frist said. “Our state has made great efforts to help these families begin rebuilding their lives, and this federal assistance will allow that process to continue. I thank Secretary Chao for making this grant possible and will continue working with Senator Alexander to ensure that Tennessee is able to meet the needs of those displaced by Katrina.” "Hurricane Katrina displaced an unprecedented number of families – twenty times more than in any previous natural disaster – and many of these families now call Tennessee home," said Alexander. "As displaced Gulf Coast residents try to put their lives back together in Tennessee, this funding will help them rejoin the workforce and provide for themselves and their families. I commend Secretary Chao for awarding this grant and will continue to work with Senator Frist to support efforts in Tennessee to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina." The grant will provide for a wide range of assistance for the evacuees such as temporary employment to assist disaster relief efforts; needs-related payments for those not eligible for or who have exhausted either Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) or Unemployment Insurance (UI); short term vocational training; job search assistance; dissemination of information on how to access DUA or UI; supportive services including transportation, child care, minor medical expenses and the establishment of temporary shelters; and crisis and financial counseling. Funds will be provided to the Tennessee Department of Labor, which will administer the assistance throughout the state.