Grant program helping displaced residents find work

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Right after Hurricane Michael many people lost their jobs, including Panama City Resident Stormy Shiver.

Around 100 people are in the Dislocated Worker Grant Program in our area. (WJHG/WECP)

"The hurricane tore it apart. I was going from place to place and me and my kids were very unstable," said Shiver.

After being unemployed for six weeks, Shiver was referred to a program through CareerSource Gulf Coast that could help her find a job again.

"The National Dislocated Worker Grant is something that we got after Hurricane Michael, and it's specifically for those people in the workforce that are now facing barriers," said Brittany Rock, with CareerSource Gulf Coast.

Through this program, displaced residents from Hurricane Michael can either get jobs as humanitarian workers or laborers, but certain requirements must be met before someone can become eligible.

"Whether they were fired because the business that they worked for had to close down, or if they were self employed and they can no longer operate their business, or if they've been long term unemployed for six to 13 weeks," said Rock.

The grant program requires people work with government agencies or local non-profits.

While these jobs are only short term, the goal is to help people get back on their feet and find permanent employers.

"This grant runs out, so it depends on their qualifying criteria, how long they'll be with us, but I think it's on average about a year they can be in this program," said Rock.

Shiver is one of around 100 people in the program, and she says it's changed her life.

"After I got this job, things have really been looking up and it really helped me, it helped my family," said Shiver.

For more information on the program, click here.

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