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Up to $15 million in federal funds coming to Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Up to $15 million in federal funds is being earmarked to aid the recover in Flint.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a National Dislocated Worker Grant to help with humanitarian and recovery efforts following the water crisis.

Of the $15 million, $7.5 million will be released initially to provide temporary employment for around 400 people to assist with recovery work. The funds will also help those people find permanent work in the future.

Additional funds, up to that $15 million mark, will be made available as the State of Michigan demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

“National Dislocated Worker Grants are an important way that the federal government can assist workers, businesses and entire communities as they recover from crisis,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The investments announced today will help the people of Flint repair the physical damage and care for their neighbors, while also helping put area workers back on track to sustainable careers in and around the community they love.”

The temporary jobs will will focus on humanitarian assistance, such as delivering water, water filters, replacement cartridges and lead-testing kits to Flint residents affected by the water contamination. Other activities may include repair, renovation and reconstruction work on the damaged water lines, and subsequent clean up and recycling work.

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