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Federal Assistance

Through September 30, 2004, the federal agencies most frequently involved in assisting communities reported they had collectively provided about $1.9 billion in assistance in response to the previous rounds (1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995) of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Interagency coordination has also facilitated the civilian reuse of former military installations to benefit the public through Federal agency-sponsored public benefit conveyances. For more information, see Federal Agencies And Public Benefit Conveyances.

The following programs are available to assist communities with the alleviation of socioeconomic effects that may result from military base closures and realignments. Under Executive Order 12788, as amended, assistance for communities impacted by Defense program changes is coordinated across the Federal Government through the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC). The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) staffs the EAC and its Director is the EAC's Executive Director. Communities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following resources, including accessing program information through the provided internet links. OEA staff is available at (703) 604-6020 to address any questions you may have concerning the EAC, federal assistance available to affected communities, or specific local needs that may exist.

Please note that while OEA attempts to provide current information, these programs and their availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact the appropriate agency for the most up-to-date information on current programs.

Resources for Individuals

This section provides service descriptions and contact information for Government programs available to jobseekers, employers, and local governments impacted by BRAC. Each subsection includes descriptions of programs geared to help in a specific area as well as contact information for those programs.

Workers with Disabilities

Disability.gov

Comprehensive

Disability.gov (www.disability.gov/) is a one-stop federal government website that connects visitors to disability policies, programs and services in communities nationwide. The Transportation section (https://www.disability.gov/?s=&fq=topics_taxonomy:%22Transportation%5E%5E%22) of the site contains useful information on finding public transportation and paratransit services; transportation provider resources; and laws, such as the Air Carrier Access Act, which protects the air travel rights of people with disabilities.

GovBenefits.gov

Comprehensive Federal Web site

This Web site is the gateway to Federal and State benefits information on disability assistance and much more. Users can browse benefits by category and specific Government Agency and search at the Federal and State level. They can also search topics by population and/or interests.

Employer Assistance Referral Network

U.S. Department of Labor

The Employee Assistance Referral Network (EARN) Web site is a nationwide, cost-free referral and technical assistance service for employers. EARN connects employers who have job vacancies to employment service providers who have direct access to job-ready individuals with disabilities. EARN also provides technical assistance to assist employers in locating appropriate organizations and information as they seek to hire qualified candidates with disabilities. 1-866-Earn Now or 1-866-327-6669 (V/TTY)

Resources for Persons with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site and this web site house a number of online resources for staff responsible for initial customer contact at local One-Stop Career Centers. The sites focus on accessibility and accommodation strategies for people with disabilities.

State Governors' Committees on Employment of People with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site contains a directory of State liaisons to the Federal Office of Disability Employment Policy that provides employment information and referrals for people with disabilities.

Ticket to Work

U.S. Social Security Administration

This Web site provides comprehensive information on the Ticket to Work program, which aims to assist Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities to find and keep employment.

Job Accommodation Network

U.S. Department of Education

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is an information and referral service that provides information on job accommodations for people with disabilities. It also includes resources for technical assistance, funding, education, and services related to the employment of people with disabilities. In addition, JAN has information on employment provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act. To learn more about JAN, visit the Web site or call the toll-free number 1-800-526-7234 or 1-800-232-9675 (V/TTY).

The Assistive Technology Program

U.S. Department of Education

The Assistive Technology Program can help individuals with disabilities obtain devices or products to help them perform their jobs. A vocational rehabilitation counselor may be able to help arrange training and other services. Links and contact information for State vocational rehabilitation offices is on the Web site above.

TRIO Programs

U.S. Department of Education

The TRIO programs provide support services to disabled students enrolled in post-secondary education programs. News and information can be found on the above site.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

This Web site assists veterans with service-connected disabilities by offering help in preparing for, finding, and keeping suitable employment. For more information about vocational rehabilitation and employment services, disabled veterans should contact the local Department of Veterans Affairs regional office at the national toll-free telephone number 1-800-827-1000.

Rural Rental Assistance

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Rural Rental Assistance payments are available to persons with low incomes, the elderly, and persons with disabilities who are unable to pay their rent. More information is available at this Web site.

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