Hurricane Sandy Victims Can Get Unemployment Help

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By Tami Luhby


NEW YORK -- Residents of three states pummeled by Hurricane Sandy could be eligible for disaster assistance payments if they lost their job due to the storm.

To qualify for the funds, people must be unemployed as a direct result of the storm and be ineligible for traditional unemployment benefits, according to the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group. Residents of New York City and 14 counties in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that were declared federal disaster areas are eligible.

One of the costliest disasters in the nation's history, Sandy could generate nearly $50 billion in losses, both from physical damage and lost business revenue, according to estimates.

Payments, which can last up to 26 weeks, range from $405 a week in New York to $648 in Connecticut. Recipients must show that for every week that they collect DUA, their unemployment continues to be the direct result of the disaster, not other factors.

According to NELP, those who may be eligible for disaster relief and typically could not collect regular state unemployment benefits include:
  • Self-employed people who lost their business or suffered a substantial interruption of activities as a direct result of a major disaster.

  • Unemployed workers who have become the major supporter of their household due to the death of the head of their household directly related to the disaster.

  • Workers unemployed due to an injury caused by the disaster.

  • Workers who cannot reach their employment as a result of the disaster.

  • People who were scheduled to start work but became unemployed because they no longer have a job due to the disaster.


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ezed20

i missed a week of work, am i eligible?

November 08 2012 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cindy

The requirements for Unemployment Benefits should be relaxed. With whole communities destroyed, people will probably have to live elsewhere and they need a boost up. It is not charity but commonsense for the economy. And it is the humane thing to do.

November 06 2012 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
virginia

i know quite a few people who qork at casinos.they didnt have obs to got o as the govmnt shut their doors.
they should get paid for the time off,as they need the money for clean up

November 06 2012 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

All the Political crap aside. It is great seeing those who need help getting it.

November 06 2012 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spike

Better yet- -get ALL the illegals to clean up the storm's mess- -if they MUST stay, they will have to EARN a way to stay, simple.
In a weird way I wish I was illegal, I would be able to eat better for sure - -All to our dip president we presently have, hope God shows us who we really need for OUR country.

November 06 2012 at 9:05 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
JimB

UNEMPLOYMENT HELP ..... THE BEST UNEMPLOYMENT HELP IS TO KEEP ALL THE ILLEGALS, WHO WILL BE RUSHING TO THE NORTHEAST, OUT OF THE STATES EFFECTED ...... THE, THEN, PRESIDENT BUSH ALLOWED UNLIMITED ILLEGALS INTO THE COAST COAST STATES, AFTER HURRICANE KATRINIA, AND THEY NEVER LEFT AND THEIR NUMBERS ARE GOWING AND THEY ARE STILL TAKING JOBS AWAY FROM U.S. CITIZENS ..... BUSH SAID THEY "WERE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY OF THE REGION" BUT FOR GOT ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE "OF THE REGION" WHO LOST EVERYTHING, INCLUDING JOBS AND HOMES, AND SO DID THE U.S. CONGRESS WHO BACK HIS DECISION 100% ..... KEEP THE ILLEGALS OUT AND DEPORT ALL THE ONE IN THE U.S.A. NOW ...... THEN, THE ECONOMY

November 06 2012 at 8:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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