Disaster Recovery DWGs provide disaster-relief and humanitarian assistance employment, as well as employment and training services, as appropriate, to minimize the employment and economic impact of declared disasters and emergency situations, in disaster-declared areas as defined in 20 CFR 687.110(b).
An individual temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the Covid 19 disaster or emergency;
A self-employed individual who became unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of the Covid 19 emergency or disaster; or
A long-term unemployed individual as defined by the State below:
An individual with a work history who is seeking employment and has been unemployed or underemployed for 10 non-consecutive weeks out of the last 26 weeks; or
An individual without a work history or with a sporadic work history (e.g. temporary or seasonal employment, multiple terminations, etc.) who is seeking employment.
An eligible dislocated worker; (Priority is to be given to workers dislocated (temporarily or permanently) as a result of the disaster. If a person is eligible as a Dislocated Worker and also one of the other three categories above, they are to be certified/enrolled/served as a Dislocated Worker which will allow a project participant to be co-enrolled under other Dislocated Worker grants (e.g. formula) as appropriate.)
Grant Activities under Disaster Recovery include:
Although the focus of the Disaster Recovery Grant is Disaster Relief Employment, not all participants must participate in disaster-relief employment. Grantees may provide employment and training activities to participants not in disaster-relief employment. In summary, grantees may enroll Disaster Recovery DWG participants in:
Disaster-relief employment only;
Employment and training activities only; or
Both disaster-relief employment and employment and training activities.
These activities may occur concurrently, or one may occur prior to the other. Grantees must assess and determine the specific needs of each individual participant and enroll them in disaster-relief employment, employment and training services, or both, in a manner that is most likely to result in successful outcomes. As a general goal, grantees should design and provide employment and training activities aimed at allowing participants to obtain unsubsidized, sustainable employment following the conclusion of grant-supported activities.
Employment Recovery DWGs provide resources to respond to major economic dislocations, such as large, unexpected layoff events that cause significant job losses. Awards are determined by the demonstration of need for additional funds to provide employment and training assistance to workers affected by major economic dislocations, such as plant closures and mass layoffs. Employment Recovery DWGs provide employment and training assistance to dislocated workers.