DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE


North Palm Beach, FL (September 18, 2017) - Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federally funded benefit program that assists individuals who become unemployed because of a disaster. DUA is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or because of Hurricane Irma.

Upon Governor Scott’s request for assistance, President Donald J. Trump officially granted a major disaster declaration request.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is currently accepting applications for DUA from residents and businesses in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Orange, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia counties.

Individuals affected in these designated-disaster areas can receive benefits for up to 26 weeks after a disaster but must file their DUA applications within 30 days of the announcement, which in the case of Hurricane Irma, would be by October 16, 2017.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to those who:
  • Worked and became unemployed as a direct result of the disaster
  • Were self-employed and are now unemployed because of the disaster
  • Were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income; 
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
  • Cannot work because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applicants must submit their Social Security number, check stubs and documentation to support the claim that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. In some cases, additional documentation may be required. To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed.

There are 3 ways to file a DUA claim:

  • On the internet - go to http://www.floridajobs.org/ or call 1-800-385-3920.
  • By phone – Call 800-204-2418 (Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to assist claimants). 

 

 

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