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U.S. Labor Department earmarks $15 million for Flint recovery

Mar 23, 2016

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Flint is slated to get up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to help recovery efforts in Flint following the water contamination crisis.

Half the money initially will be released to pay for about 400 temporary jobs for Flint residents. The jobs will last up to one year.

The rest of the money will support job training and career development for Flint residents.

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Michigan, praised the grant for combining relief operations with apprenticeship opportunities “so that it’s not just a short-term fix, but that it’s a set of skills that people will be able to keep with them for life.”

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, said, “this amount of up to $15 million is all about committing to jobs for the people of Flint – not just jobs in Flint.”

The temporary jobs will focus on humanitarian assistance, such as delivering water, filters, filter cartridges, and lead-testing kits to local residents – and may include work on damaged water lines.