Underwood Helps Secure Over $8.3 Million to Help Workers Impacted by Coronavirus

April 22, 2020
Press Release
Funding will help unemployed Illinoisans find new work serving their community

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that Illinois will receive $8.3 million from the Department of Labor in the first installment of Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) to help workers impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding has been made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Underwood strongly supported in Congress and was signed by the President on March 27. The CARES Act allocates $345 million for DWGs to help states and communities respond to the workforce-related impacts of coronavirus pandemic. 


“During this time, our communities are in urgent need of federal resources to help respond to this crisis,” said Underwood. “The Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grants provided by the CARES Act will help Illinois workers navigate this tough time and provide additional resources to help employ and train workers to help respond to the virus.”  


Disaster Recovery DWGs awarded by the Secretary of Labor provide eligible participants disaster-relief employment to address the impacts of coronavirus within their communities, as well as employment and training services. In addition to these Disaster Recovery DWGs, states and other eligible entities may also apply for Employment Recovery DWGs to provide reemployment services to eligible individuals affected by mass layoffs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The funding may also be used for humanitarian assistance, clean-up, and mitigation associated with the coronavirus, and job training for industries still hiring during the health emergency.