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Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

On December 22, 2014, Governor Cuomo announced disaster aid available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency available to Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Orleans, St. Lawrence and Wyoming counties. This disaster aid will help pay for activities like debris removal and the rebuilding of damaged public infrastructure. In addition, several loan programs are available to assist small businesses, non-profits and homeowners. Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance was not included because FEMA's Individual Assistance requests are solely based on the number of homes rendered uninhabitable by a disaster and the region did not meet this strict federal requirement.

Anyone who believes they may be entitled to regular Unemployment Insurance benefits should apply through the Department of Labor, which will make a determination based on each individual’s circumstance.

Claims can be filed: Online or by phone: 1-888-209-8124 for New York State residents or 1-877-358-5306 for out-of-state residents

Deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance extended to March 29, 2013

(Last updated March 7, 2013)

If you live or work in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties and you lost your income due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, you may qualify for DUA.

You may qualify for DUA even if you would not normally be able to get unemployment insurance benefits. To find out if you might be eligible for DUA, call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124, or 1-877-358-5306 if you live out of state. Answer the questions to indicate that you lost your job as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy.

File your application with the New York State Department of Labor as soon as possible. The application deadline is March 29, 2013.

Fact Sheet - Unemployment Assistance Due to Effects of Hurricane Sandy

The following are examples of situations that may make you eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance:

  • You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self-employed.
  • Your workplace was damaged, destroyed, or you can't work because of the disaster.
  • Your transportation to work is not available because of the disaster.
  • You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the affected area, and you cannot do that because of the disaster.
  • You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster.
  • You got most of your income from areas affected by the disaster, whether you worked for yourself or for an employer, and your business is down because of the disaster.

Please note - this list is not exhaustive. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please apply. All applicants must submit wage information and documentation to support their application.

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