More than $1M from feds to aid laid off miners

Published 10:47 am Friday, September 2, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Miners in Ohio who have been laid off will be seeing relief from the federal government, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Thursday.

Brown said $1,083,750 in federal funding from The U.S. Department of Labor would go to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to continue ongoing reemployment efforts for workers who have been dislocated.

“The changing coal economy has put some workers out of a job through no fault of their own,” Brown said in a news release. “This grant will give Ohio the tools to continue its support for displaced workers and help them get back on their feet.”

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Brown’s office said Ohio received an initial investment of $916,250 last year after the Department of Labor approved a National Dislocated Worker Grant for the state. Thursday’s award will bring Ohio’s federal funding total to $2 million.

Brown also announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families program has awarded $14,348,140 in new federal funds to 15 organizations serving Ohio.

The funds will be used to provide outreach, assistance obtaining VA benefits, and case management to low-income veteran families that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.