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Louisville Assisting Hundreds of Displaced Gulf Coast Residents

Wednesday September 14, 2005

Hundreds more anticipated by airlift

While hundreds of displaced Gulf Coast residents receive guidance on housing, social services, drivers licenses, schools and other services at the city’s Family Assistance Center, Louisville stands ready to accommodate hundreds more people who are expected to be airlifted from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast region next week.

Louisville-emergency management officials received word early this morning that the airlifted Gulf Coast residents are scheduled to arrive in Kentucky on Sept. 14.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency indicate all plans are subject to change but that Louisville is scheduled for a plane with up to 295 people and Lexington is scheduled for a plane with up to 184 people on the 14th. Louisville had previously been notified to expect up to 500 displaced Gulf Coast residents this week.

The city and the American Red Cross mobilized and were ready to receive displaced residents within one day. A temporary shelter and reception center stand ready at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, more than 700 units of housing have been identified to accommodate displaced residents. “Louisville stands ready and is anxious to help,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “We are now focusing on assisting the displaced residents who have already found their way to our community.”

The American Red Cross estimates more than 1,300 displaced residents are in Louisville.

Family Assistance Center opens to steady traffic
The Family Assistance Center opened today at Louisville Gardens and provided service to more than 250 families, representing more than 500 people.

The Assistance Center provides Gulf Coast residents a one-stop location for a variety of local, state and federal services:

· Housing assistance
· Health / mental health
· Employment assistance
· Driver’s licensing
· U.S. Post Office (forwarding or e-establishing
  mail delivery)
· Social Security
· Transportation
· State Government assistance – food  
  stamps,  WIC, medical cards Temporary
  Assistance for Needy Families-TANF
· Library (including Internet access at library
· Schools
· Inter-Faith resources
· Red Cross registration

With the airlift of additional Gulf Coast residents not expected until next week, the Assistance Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. City and Red Cross officials will assess on Saturday the need to keep the center open additional days prior expected arrival of airlifted Gulf Coast residents next Wednesday. “We’ll keep helping as long as the needs are there,” Abramson said.
Community Job Fair set for next week
A previously scheduled job fair set for next week will be an additional opportunity for Gulf Coast residents to receive employment information and assistance. The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership and KentuckianaWorks are hosting the “Community Career Fair” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the second floor of The Louisville Gardens, 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

“This is a career fair for the entire community – people who have lived here all their lives and those who are new to our community,” said Michael Gritton, executive director of KentuckianaWorks. “We’ve been thrilled with the response from area employers especially given the added need for jobs for displaced Gulf Coast residents.”

The job fair will provide an opportunity to apply for jobs of all skill levels offered by more than 30 area employers. There will also be a series of workshops and seminars to assist with resume development, interviewing skills and dressing for success. A list of participating employers follows. For information on the job fair, or to become a participating employer, call 574-1157.

Community Career Fair Employers

Carrol Group (Burger King franchisee)
Center for Accessible Living
Crown Services-Louisville Medical
Decker College
Delta Direct Staffing
Duplicator Sales & Service
Employment Guide
FedEx Ground
Frisch’s Restaurants, Inc. /Golden Corral
Galt House
Glaser's Collision Centers
GSI Commerce
Highland Cleaners
HR Affiliates
Jeffboat J
efferson County Public Schools
Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services
J.T. Nelson
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance 
Kroger Levy Restaurant Co.
Long John Silvers
Louisville Metro Government
Mark’s Feed Store
Malone Staffing
Mister P Express
National College of Business and Technology Nurses on Call
Randstand North America
Residence Inn by Marriott
Seelbach Hilton
Sonopress Manufacturing
Spherion Staffing
Surrex Solutions Corp.
TLC Supported Living Services
Truck America Training
U.S. Army
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