Reynolds announces 10 additional counties to receive FEMA individual assistance


Our Union continues to call on the Senate to pass the HEROES Act, which would extend the extra $600 supplemental unemployment benefit for unemployed workers through January 31, 2021, issue a second round of stimulus checks, and provide desperately needed funding for state and local governments. Through further assessment and validation by the state and FEMA, it was determined 16 of those counties did not have sufficient damage to be approved for the Individual Assistance Program, including nine counties which withdrew from consideration: Audubon, Clarke, Grundy, Iowa, Jackson, Jones, Madison, Muscatine, and Washington.

The program will allow WorkForce West Virginia to provide an additional $400 per week in assistance payment to those receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits due to COVID-related impacts.

FEMA and the Labor Department predict that the Disaster Relief Fund will likely only be able to pay four to five weeks of benefits, lasting until some point in September. The GDOL recently received approval for an additional two weeks of LWA benefits for eligible claimants. The number of initial unemployment claims filed throughout the United States for the week ending August 29 was 881,000, a decrease of 130,000 from the previous week's revised level of 1,011,000.

Per FEMA's authorization, the grant will fund an additional $300 weekly payment to those who are eligible for at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefits for the three weeks ending 8/1/20, 8/8/20, and 8/15/20. LWA is not payable to individuals who are receiving AB payments. The state started paying another $300 in benefits to those who qualify, but it will not last long. They will not receive an additional $100 a week supplement from the state.

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Individuals and business owners in Marshall, Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties may apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. The New York Department of Labor says it is now working to implement the program and encourages unemployed New Yorkers to continue to certify for weekly benefits.

In addition, damage in eight counties is being validated prior to requesting inclusion in the FEMA Public Assistance Program, providing assistance to public entities and select nonprofit organizations. The PUA program may provide benefits to claimants that did not have enough wages to establish a valid regular state UI claim but were prohibited from employment due to COVID-19.

Eligibility requirements differ from the FPUC (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) program. Today, over 148,000 jobs are listed online at for Georgians to access.

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