Mayor Turner Announces Partnership with Workforce Solutions to put Houstonians to Work on Infrastructure Repairs

HOUSTON- Mayor Sylvester Turner and Mike Temple, executive director of Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast, announced a major hiring initiative today that aims to place Houstonians who lost their job due to Hurricane Harvey into jobs repairing city-owned infrastructure damaged by the storm.

“As Houston continues to recover after Hurricane Harvey, I am pleased to announce this partnership with Workforce Solutions. We aim to employ nearly 400 Houstonians through this initiative.” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “Through employment not only will we assist individuals who were affected by the storm, but this will also help stimulate the economy. As Houstonians work, they are able to repair their homes and meet the needs of their families.”

“Workforce Solutions is recruiting and certifying eligible candidates for approximately 400 jobs repairing city buildings, parks, and other facilities that sustained storm damage,” said Mike Temple.

“Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented catastrophic event that disrupted all of our lives in some way,” said Jane Cheeks, director of Human Resources, City of Houston. “This is a phenomenal opportunity that will provide much needed employment to help Harvey survivors and others move forward, as well as critical staffing that helps several city departments support the recovery efforts of our citizens.”

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the City of Houston and Workforce Solutions will host the “Turnaround Houston Disaster Recovery Hiring Fair” at the Tidwell Community Center located at 9720 Spaulding, Houston, Texas 77016.

City representatives and contractors will interview candidates and make job offers on-site, contingent on applicants passing a drug screening and background check. The City of Houston is a second-chance employer. Candidates with prior criminal records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

To secure an interview during the hiring fair, individuals MUST visit a Workforce Solutions Career Office before November 1. More information can be found at