R.I. delegation secures additional $2.3 million for dislocated workers under CARES Act

Reed And Whitehouse

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island’s congressional delegation have secured $2.3 million in additional funds to support businesses and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a joint statement released Thursday.

The funds come under Dislocated Worker Grants as part of the $2.2 trillion federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Awards will be administered by state’s Department of Labor and Training.

The grants seek to create temporary jobs for unemployed individuals to assist with clean-up, recovery, and humanitarian efforts in areas impacted by federally-declared disaster areas.

Rhode Island was declared a disaster area under the Federal Emergency Management Agency on March 30.  The designation allows the state to seek additional funding to mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As our doctors, nurses, and first responders continue fighting this public health emergency, we need to do everything we can to make sure Rhode Islanders can get back to work once the crisis is over,” said Congressman David Cicilline. “This new federal funding provides important resources for working people to get jobs and workforce training.”

Senator Jack Reed acknowledged the toll the virus has taken on the state’s workers.

“I worked to include and expand Dislocated Worker Grants in the CARES Act because the federal government must support workers and those struggling with unemployment in their time of need,” Reed said. “This funding will help bolster state workforce development efforts.”

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