FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is approved to pay an extra $300 weekly unemployment benefit to 40 different states in accordance with the executive order signed by President Trump on August 8th 2020.
In the wake of unprecedented unemployment across the country the goal of the executive order is to mitigate the financial pressure faced by individuals who have lost their jobs. These individuals are no longer receiving the additional $600 weekly benefit, which was part of the first stimulus bill in the summer and have since expired.
Each state must apply to FEMA to obtain the grant offered by the federal government. There are a few strings attached before states can start to provide the benefits. Read on to learn more.
Keep in mind you will need your Social Security card to file a request. If you don’t have one, we’ll also show you the easiest way to get one.
You will need the following information to file:
- Your Social Security Card
- The names of all employers as they appear on your pay stub with the dates worked for all employers since April 1, 2019
- The name and local number of your union hall
- Your Driver’s License or State Identification Card
- Your Alien Registration Number for non U.S. citizen with a legal work authorization
Action States Must Take
- Your state must agree to pay $100 per week minimum. In other words, if you do not qualify for at least $100/week in unemployment benefits the extra $300 will not be offered to you.
- States must update their websites. Making changes to state-run unemployment websites does not happen overnight. It will require some time for them to get these changes implemented into their systems. What does this mean for you? You might not see the extra benefit right away.
- States must pay out retroactively. When the changes are enacted the state must start processing the payments retroactively from August 1st. 2020.
Keep in mind that there is only $44 billion available in the FEMA grant. With millions of Americans out of work, this benefit grant could run out of funds quickly.
FEMA has approved the following states to offer the $300 per week benefit:
- Alabama (approved Aug. 21)
- Alaska (approved Aug. 23)
- Arizona (approved Aug. 15)
- Arkansas (approved Aug. 25)
- California (approved Aug. 21)
- Colorado (approved Aug. 16)
- Connecticut (approved Aug. 24)
- Delaware (approved Sept. 2)
- Florida (approved Aug. 29)
- Georgia (approved Aug. 23)
- Hawaii (approved Aug. 29)
- Idaho (approved Aug. 19)
- Illinois (approved Sept. 1)
- Indiana (approved Aug. 21)
- Iowa (approved Aug. 15)
- Kansas (approved Sept. 7)
- Kentucky (approved Aug. 21)
- Louisiana (approved Aug. 15)
- Maryland (approved Aug. 19)
- Massachusetts (approved Aug. 21)
- Michigan (approved Aug. 21)
- Minnesota (approved Aug. 29)
- Mississippi (approved Aug. 22)
- Missouri (approved Aug. 16)
- Montana (approved Aug. 18)
- New Hampshire (approved Aug. 24)
- New Jersey (approved Sept. 4)
- New Mexico (approved Aug. 15)
- New York (approved Aug. 23)
- North Carolina (approved Aug. 21)
- North Dakota (approved Aug. 31)
- Ohio (approved Aug. 26)
- Oklahoma (approved Aug. 18)
- Oregon (approved Aug. 28)
- Pennsylvania (approved Aug. 2)
- Rhode Island (approved Aug. 22)
- South Carolina (approved Sept. 1)
- Tennessee (approved Aug. 22)
- Texas (approved Aug. 21)
- Utah (approved Aug. 16)
- Vermont (approved Aug. 22)
- Virginia (approved Aug. 26)
- Washington (approved Aug. 24)
- West Virginia (approved Aug. 27)
- Wyoming (approved Aug. 28)
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