FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry Krause
407-531-1222, Ext. 2082
Workforce Assistance Available to Business & Career Seekers of Central Florida in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma
Orlando, FL – In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, local workforce boards across the state, including CareerSource Central Florida, have resources available to assist those who find themselves without employment, as well as to help businesses who may have been impacted. These resources are for businesses and career seekers located in the Central Florida region of Sumter, Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Businesses and career seekers in other counties are encouraged to visit www.careersourceflorida.com to determine their workforce region and applicable services. Programs to assist include:
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment were lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma. DUA is available from weeks of unemployment beginning September 10, 2017, until March 17, 2018, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by October 16, 2017.
National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG)
Through the DWG, CareerSource Central Florida can assist individuals who were unemployed before Irma, or lost employment due to the storm, with temporary employment opportunities that include: administrative, humanitarian, cleanup, and restoration activities. Jobs through this program typically last three (3) months and pay $15/hr. If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please submit your interest at:
Florida Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC), is available to help businesses bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Loans are typically made between $1,000 and $25,000, for 90 or 180 days, based on individual business circumstances. These loans must be paid back (as opposed to grants), but will be interest-free for the loan term.
Businesses Reporting Damage
Small businesses that have incurred losses due to Hurricane Irma are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey to help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. The survey can be found at www.flvbeoc.org.
Anyone interested in any of these programs/services should contact CareerSource Central Florida at 1-800-757-4598.