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Florida gov announces $1 million to connect Hurricane Maria Evacuees with Jobs

By on January 12, 2018

SAN JUAN – At a town hall in Kissimmee, Fla., Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced a $1 million investment in 12 of the state’s workforce development boards to assist families displaced by Hurricane Maria who are seeking employment.

According to a release by the Florida governor’s office, following Scott’s request to the federal government, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will now provide case management services for families displaced by Maria now in Florida; “and
at the Governor’s direction, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) today sent letters to local housing authority officials and community leaders to identify local and federal resources so there is better coordination in the joint local, state and federal response to housing needs for Puerto Rican families in Florida.”

“To date, the CareerSource Florida network helped more than 7,600 Puerto Ricans find jobs in Florida and this investment will connect even more individuals with great jobs,” Scott said.

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Rep. David Santiago is quoted in the release saying, “With over 254,000 job openings across the state, Florida is full of opportunities for evacuees to find a job to help support their families.”

The funds are designated for employment services to assist evacuees in the five counties served by CareerSource Central Florida: Orange, Osceola, Lake, Sumter and Seminole counties. CareerSource’s North Central Florida, Citrus Levy Marion, Flagler Volusia, Brevard, Tampa Bay, Pinellas, Research Coast, Palm Beach County, Broward, South Florida and Southwest Florida also received funds to provide career assistance to evacuees.

The nonprofit professional placement network says more than 7,600 people displaced by Maria have sought its services, “primarily in the Orlando area, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.”

The types of services for individuals displaced by Maria that will be provided by the 12 local workforce development boards through this additional funding may include some or all of the following, according to Friday’s release:

  • Individual career consulting services
  • The creation of a Specialized Job Development Team
  • Extended hours at our Career Services Centers
  • Increase access to English for Speakers of Other Language services
  • Hiring events
  • Increased partnerships with community-based organizations
  • Surveys to assess employment needs
  • Social media and/or direct email and/or texting and/or paid outreach

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