California Human Development (CHD), a Workforce Alliance partner, has received a substantial federal grant from the US Department of Labor to provide work crews for clean-up of publicly owned property and land damaged by the 2017 North Bay wildfires.  Public agencies who wish to include specific locations as possible worksites for these crews should attend an informational meeting on January 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM PST. The meeting will be held at the Napa Library Community Room, located at 580 Coombs Street, Napa, CA

Highlights of this program include:

  • Eligible worksites are public and private non-profit facilities and land damaged or destroyed by the wildfires.  Examples of worksites are parks, schools, city/county/state owned property, waterways, etc.
  • Types of work to be done are clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction.
  • The work crews’ wages are funded through the grant by the Department of Labor including Workers Compensation Insurance fund.  There are no additional costs to the agency for the labor.
  • If a work crew is doing work at a site managed by a public department/agency, the agency will be asked to provide site supervision to ensure the work effort is aligned with agency goals and standards.
  • Work crews are currently being formed with work to start in late January 2018.

Additionally, here is a video of a similar work effort that was conducted in Lake County after the devastating Valley Fire in 2016. 

This is a great opportunity to continue to make progress in our recovery efforts.  This opportunity is open to any public agency in Napa County that could benefit from work crews supported by this grant. 

Download the Fact Sheet: North Bay Fires Grant Overview 2018. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on January 18th.



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