East Hawaii Community Briefings – Federal Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant

Posted on Sep 20, 2018 in Events, News


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September 20, 2018

East Hawaii Community Briefings

Federal Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Are you a not-for-profit or private for-profit business that reduced work hours and/or staff, or shut down as a result of the May 2018 Kilauea eruption?

Are you an individual currently under- or unemployed due to your employer reducing work hours as a result of the May 2018 Kilauea eruption?

If you answered “yes” to either question, you may be eligible for FREE employment relief through a US Department of Labor (USDOL) Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG). This program offers workforce funding to qualified Hawaii Island businesses willing and able to employ eligible individual dislocated workers.

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, Kayla Rosenfeld, Statewide Rapid Response Coordinator, will brief the Volcano, Pahoa and Hilo communities on the grant. Ms. Rosenfeld will explain the grant provisions, eligibility requirements, permitted grant activity, and permitted worksites.

In addition to explaining the grant provisions, the goals of this community briefing are to: 1) determine Businesses of Record (employers) and individual eligibility; 2) identify disaster recovery worksites; and 3) enroll eligible participants into the grant program.

The Thursday, September 27, 2018 briefings are scheduled as follows:

Volcano Village, Cooper Center, 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano 9:00 – 11:00am

Pahoa Community Center, Kauhale Road, Pahoa 1:00 – 3:00pm

Aupuni Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 1, Hilo 5:00 – 7:00pm

* A question and answer session will follow each briefing.

After the briefing, staff from the American Job Center Hawaii will be on site to help applicants determine their eligibility for the Disaster DWG program. Business owners, self-employed individuals, and farmers, please bring all the below documents to the meeting:

  • Recent General Excise Tax (GET)
  • Recent State and Federal Tax Returns
  • Hawaii Compliance Express (HCE) Certification
  • Layoff or Reduced Hours Letters to Employees
  • Farmers: Letter from product distributor indicating a decrease in production

Under- or unemployed individuals, please bring all the following documents to the meeting:

  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) stub or letter
    • If you do not have DUA claim, bring paystubs or other payroll records
  • Letter from employer indicating reduced work hours or layoff
  • Valid picture ID
  • Original Social Security Card OR Original/Certified Birth Certificate
  • Selective Service Registration (males 18 -25 years old)
  • Utility Bill (cable, electric or water)

To learn more about the Workforce Development Council, visit https://labor.hawaii.gov/wdc/.

Media Contact:

Kayla Rosenfeld
DLIR Workforce Development Council
(808) 586-9283
[email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

TDD/TTY Dial 711 then ask for (808) 586-8866