Connecticut and New York, are among 28 other states that have been approved for grants under (Federal Emergency Management Agency) FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance program, which will allow both states to provide $300 per week – on top of their regular unemployment benefit – to those unemployed due to Covid-19.
On Aug. 8, President Donald Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the pandemic. FEMA will work with Govs. Ned Lamont and Andrew Cuomo to implement a system to make the funding available to residents in their respective states.
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, and other governors balked at first, because the President was requiring the states to come up with $100 of the $300, which the states hard hit by the pandemic found very difficult to come up with, especially with the dwindling tax base. Finally, FEMA dropped that requirement, paving the way for the states to accept the grant.
Below are some of the eligibility requirements.
Recipients of at least $100 per week of any of the following benefits for the week they are seeking unemployment benefits;
Claimants receiving unemployment compensation including state and federal workers and former service members as well as those receiving PUA, extended benefits, or high extended benefits;
Anyone who qualified for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation;
Claimants receiving Short-Time Compensation; and
Workers with a Trade Readjustment Allowance.
The New York State department of Labor is currently working on implementing the new program. They advise New Yorkers to continue to claim the weekly benefits, and as soon as the process for distribution is put in place, the monies will be disbursed.
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