Hurricane Irma Cleanup: Dislocated Worker Grant

CareerSource North Central Florida is seeking worksites owned by public or not-for-profit entities which may need temporary workers for debris removal or cleanup following Hurricane Irma.

CareerSource North Central Florida may be able to put Floridians back to work by paying their wages at worksites eligible through the Dislocated Worker Grant. The Dislocated Worker Grant covers wages for temporary workers to conduct the cleanup activities under the following categories:

  • Category A: Debris Removal
  • Category B: Emergency Protective Measures
  • Category C: Road System
  • Category D: Water Control Facilities
  • Category E: Building and Equipment
  • Category F: Utilities
  • Category G: Parks, Recreational, and others

Follow this link to download a PDF list of descriptions on all seven categories and what work can be completed.

What is the Dislocated Worker Grant?

Dislocated Worker Grants provide funding for disaster relief employment in the form of wages for temporary jobs that support storm response and recovery efforts. They are awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and distributed by local workforce boards like CareerSource North Central Florida here in Alachua and Bradford counties.

Who can use Dislocated Work Grants?

Dislocated Worker Grants involve three key stakeholders.

  • Public & Not-for-Profit Worksites
  • Workers
  • CareerSource North Central Florida

Public & Not-for-Profit Worksites

The Dislocated Worker Grant helps eligible public and not-for-profit worksites complete debris removal and cleanup following Hurricane Irma. The grant covers wages for temporary workers to conduct the cleanup activities, specifically debris removal and emergency protective measures. Complete guidelines are available here.

  • Eligible worksites must be owned by the public or not-for-profit facilities. Examples of approved worksite locations include: Roads, rights-of-way, parks, and other public property owned by counties and municipalities such as Alachua County, Bradford County, City of Gainesville, and so on.
  • Land or facilities owned by not-for-profit agencies such Gainesville Regional Utilities and so on.


Workers are deemed eligible for participation in the Dislocated Worker Grant by staffing specialists at CareerSource North Central Florida.

Individuals may be eligible if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Individuals who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster— priority
  • Self-employed individuals who become unemployed or significantly underemployed as a result of the disaster—priority
  • Other eligible dislocated workers: those dislocated from employment prior to Hurricane Irma)
  • Long-term unemployed workers unemployed six or more weeks out of the past 13 weeks)

CareerSource North Central Florida

As the public workforce board serving Alachua and Bradford counties, CareerSource North Central Florida is the initial recipient and distributor of National Dislocated Worker grant funds for Alachua and Bradford counties.

CareerSource North Central Florida will:

  1. Recruit workers and worksites to ensure there is both enough labor and need in the community.
  2. Determine eligibility for workers and worksites.
  3. Provide oversight, case management, and other support activities to ensure workers can participate fully in the program and are prepared for long-term success.
  4. Assist workers with long-term employment opportunities following the conclusion of their time as a Dislocated Worker

Why participate in the Dislocated Worker Grant program?

Dislocated Worker Grants help support infrastructure and economic recovery by pairing individuals displaced from work due to Hurricane Irma — or individuals who were long-term unemployed regardless of the hurricane — with public and not-for-profit worksites in need of cleanup.

The program reduces cleanup costs for public and not-for-profit worksites while putting Floridians, Puerto Ricans, and others back to work in paid positions.

How long is the grant available?

In September, the State of Florida was awarded federal Dislocated Worker Grants to provide temporary employment to Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma. Local workforce boards are beginning to distribute over October and have been informed funds can be distributed to workers through September 2019.

I know individuals who could be good workers for my site. Can I refer workers to participate?

Ask the prospective participant to contact their nearest career center and let the team know they are interested in cleanup and debris removal work under the National Dislocated Worker Grant. CareerSource North Central Florida will determine if they are eligible and will refer them accordingly. CareerSource North Central Florida cannot guarantee where participants are placed for cleanup work.

Who can I contact for more questions?

Our business services team is here to help with any questions you or the community may have.