When the federal Department of Health and Human Services declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national public-health emergency, KRA clients, including the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) were eligible to apply, through States, for Dislocated Worker Grant/Disaster Recovery Employment (DWG/DRE) funding.
Awarded by the Secretary of the Department of Labor, these grants provide disaster-relief employment and employment-related services for WIOA-eligible Dislocated Workers affected by major workforce displacements, including temporary or permanent layoffs due to COVID-19.
The Partnership selected KRA to support the South Shore Works Planning and Preservation Coalition that operates the DWG/DRE-funded South Shore Community Wellness Fellow Program, which hires dislocated workers to provide community outreach; distribute food, personal protective equipment and related essentials; and COVID-19 safety education.
Ron Hearns, Director of Midwest Operations, stated, “KRA is pleased to support The Partnership and the City of Chicago in providing dislocated workers employment, and increasing community access to COVID-19 information and related resources in the fight against this deadly disease.
In addition, KRA’s collaboration with South Shore Works is strengthening our capacity to expand a community-based network that connect residents to the services offered at the recently opened Chatham Education and Workforce Center, which is adjacent to the South Shore neighborhood.”
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