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Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Unemployment Insurance Available and Grants from Union Plus

Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Unemployment Insurance Available and Grants from Union Plus

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) has a new disaster unemployment insurance (DUA) fact sheet for those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the hardest hit counties in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.  

Read the rest of NELP's DUA fact sheet on its blog

In addition, Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship because of recent severe weather. Visit  

NELP writes:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), also referred to as Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance, is a federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to individuals unemployed as a result of a major disaster declared by the President. As of October 31, 2012, a federal disaster was declared due to Hurricane Sandy in certain counties in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York (see list below). For a current list of the states and counties, see FEMA’s website (

What are the basic eligibility requirements for DUA?

There are two major requirements for an individual to qualify for DUA: 1) the individual must be out of work as a “direct result” of a major disaster; and 2) the individual does not qualify for regular unemployment insurance (UI) from any state. Once found to be eligible for DUA, workers must actively look for work and accept suitable work offered them, not unlike UI recipients. In addition, the individual must show that for every week he or she is collecting DUA, his or her unemployment continues to be the direct result of the disaster, not other factors.

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