STATEN ISLAND, NY – A grant has been approved through the Federal Lost Wage Assistance Program that will allow New Yorkers laid off due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to receive an additional $ 300 in allowances from unemployment.
The FEMA grant only allows residents of New York who are unemployed due to the coronavirus to receive an additional $ 300 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefits, FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor said.
FEMA will work with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to implement a system to make this funding available to New York residents, he said. FEMA has not yet announced when the benefit will be made available.
Earlier this week, Cuomo told a Rochester news station that New York City would not seek FEMA funding. However, Robert Mujica, director of the state budget division, confirmed to CBS6Albany on Friday that New York State would apply for the FEMA grant.
On August 8, 2020, President Donald Trump made available up to $ 44 billion from the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-pandemic. 19. New York State agreed to administer a wage loss program for its citizens unemployed due to COVID-19 on Sunday.
For four months, every New Yorker who was unemployed received an additional $ 600 per week as part of the $ 2 trillion federal stimulus package. The bill, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was passed by the Senate in March. The additional $ 600 was added to regular job checks for the week of April 5 to July 31.
Twenty-three other states have already been approved for lost salary assistance. A full list of states is available here.
To learn more about FEMA Wage Loss Supplementary Payment Assistance, visit: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/fema-lost-wages-supplemental-payment-assistance.
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