THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, June 10, 2022 Page 21 a y avvy S iorenniiooro a NOTICE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Malden Housing Authority (MHA) is seeking to fill two (2) full-time Maintenance Junior Laborer I positions to work at MHA’s federal and state assisted public housing developments. This forty (40) hour/week position will pay the wage rate published by the MA Department of Labor Standards annually, and as same may be revised during the full term of said employment, with the current rate set at $25.40/ hour, and provide vacation/personal/sick time and MA GIC Retirement benefits in accordance with MHA’s Personnel Policy. The job description for these positions follows below Maintenance: Junior Laborer I - Job Description and Profile Duties and Responsibilities • Entry level position assisting with performing minor non-trade licensed multifamily building maintenance, renovation, alteration, and/or repairs, including, but not limited to, general Maintenance, custodial and/or cleaning work at/on facilities, buildings, grounds, and equipment at various sites including electrical, carpentry, plumbing, masonry, glazier, and painting tasks. • Assisting with performing all tasks related to vacant unit turnaround. • Performing removal of trash and recycling. • Moving and assisting in transportation of furniture, equipment and supplies. • Exercising discretion to identify projects that require higher skilled crafts employee’s services. • Activating and deactivating building alarms and responding to emergency calls after regular work hours. • Cut lawn using hand, power or riding mower and trim and edge around walks, flower beds, and walls. • Landscape by planting flowers, grass, shrubs, and bushes. • Rake, mulch, trim shrubs pull weeds and prune the grounds as needed. • Cleaning, patching, painting and basic repairs in empty or occupied units. • Assist higher skilled workers in the completion of repairs and daily maintenance • Cleaning, vacuuming and washing of all office, mechanical/utility room, storage and common areas spaces, including, but not limited to, hallways, stairways, elevators and rest rooms. • Applying simple pest control treatments as directed by Foreman or other Supervisory staff and reporting any known or suspected infestation to MHA’s Exterminator. • Performing mechanical and manual snow and ice removal and ice melt spread as directed by Foreman or other Supervisory staff. Skills and Specifications • Ability to learn to efficiently and safely use various power and hand tools. • Ability to learn to safely operate a skid steer loader. • Ability to use common sense and understanding to carry out oral or written instructions. • Ability to communicate efficiently and fluently in both written and oral form. • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships. • Ability to work quickly, productively and safely without error • Must work overtime as required by Foreman or other supervisory staff. • Must take and pass annual safety and other training as required by Foreman or other supervisory staff. • Ability to report completed work orally or on electronic or written work order to immediate supervisor. • Must comply with all company safety, training and personnel policies. • Must be able to carry/lift objects weighing 50lbs or more. Qualifications/Experience/Requirements High school graduate or GED required. Bi/multi-lingual in English and one or more of Cantonese, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole/French and/or Arabic strongly desired. Ability to learn and understand Fair Housing and Limited English Proficiency requirements required. For the initial and full term of employment, the Junior Laborer I must possess a current and valid MA Class D Driver’s license, must have use of a registered and insured automobile, must have a satisfactory driving record, and must have proficient ability to operate a company owned motor vehicle in the performance of assigned duties. Must satisfactorily pass MHA’s pre-employment screening criteria inclusive of CORI and physical with drug and TB testing. Reference checks and a pre-employment interview may be required prior to receiving an offer of employment. To Apply: Please send cover letter of interest and resume inclusive of at least two (2) personal references to HR Director, Raul Campillo, at: rcampillo@maldenhousing.org If you have any questions or concerns regarding this position, please email Raul at the email address listed above, or call him at (781) 388-6045. These Positions will remain open until filled. The Malden Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug and Smoke-Free Agency avvyavvy iori Still Sad Dear Sad, I’m very sorry about the loss of your mother. The government program you are asking about is the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (or FEMA). This program is part of the American Rescue Plan, a stimulus package passed in 2021 in an effort to help the country fi nancially manage amid the pandemic. This program, which has no end date, off ers up to $9,000 to cover the cost of a funeral for someone who died of COVID-19 as far back as January 2020. Unfortunately, less than half the people believed eligible for funeral assistance have actually applied for it. Here’s what you should know about the program’s requirements and how to apply. Where to Start? To apply for COVID-19 funeral assistance, you must do it over the phone by calling FEMA at 844-684-6333, anytime Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The application process takes about 20 minutes. After you apply, FEMA will provide you an application number, which you may use to create an online account at DisasterAssistance.gov if you choose. You will then need to submit supporting documents, including a death certifi cate for your mother, but it must state that her death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Her death must also have occurred in the U.S. on or after Jan. 20, 2020. If you don’t have this, you won’t be eligible. You’ll also need to submit proof of funeral expenses, such as itemized receipts, invoices or funeral home contracts. These supporting documents can be submitted either online (through your DisasterAssistance.gov account), by mail (P.O. Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782) or via fax (855-261-3452). After the paperwork is received, it takes FEMA about 45 days to make an eligibility decision. Families who had multiple deaths due to the coronavirus can also apply. One family can receive up to $35,000 across multiple funerals. Reimbursements can be used to cover any portion of funeral expenses including burial plots, caskets, preparation of the body, cremation, urns, clergy, services and headstones as well as costs related to state or local ordinances and producing death certifi cates. But be aware that pre-paid funerals are not eligible for reimbursements. Any payment made specifi cally for a funeral prior to death is considered a duplication and is not eligible. If FEMA approves your application, the funds will either be deposited into your bank account or sent by mail via check, usually within a few days of approval. If, however, you receive a letter from FEMA saying you’re ineligible, or if the amount awarded is not enough, you have the right to appeal within 60 days of FEMA’s decision letter. For more information on the COVID Funeral Assistance program, visit FEMA.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. n r by Jim Miller How to Get Underutilized COVID Funeral Assistance Funds Dear Savvy Senior, I recently saw a news segment on TV about a government funeral assistance program available to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic. What can you tell me about this? I lost my 78-year-old mother to COVID in 2021 and want to fi nd out if I’m still eligible for any funeral funds, and if so, what I need to do to get them.

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