ATLANTA, Ga. – Residents in seven Georgia counties are now eligible for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to compensate for income lost between October 4th and October 15th as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
The counties are Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne.
DUA is a federal program established to help workers whose primary income is lost, or interrupted, as a direct result of a disaster declared by the President. It differs from regular state unemployment insurance in that it provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, diversified farming operators, loggers, commission-paid employees, and others who are not eligible under the state’s program.
Applicants are eligible for up to $330 in benefits beginning the week of October 9th, but must first apply for regular unemployment insurance and the department of labor will notify those eligible to file for DUA.
To do so, go to dol.georgia.gov or go to any GDOL career center.
Applications must be received no later than Friday, November 18th.
Georgia Department of Labor officials say when applying for DUA benefits, verification of income may be required. Applicants should be prepared to provide proof of earnings for the most recently completed tax year. Acceptable proof of earnings includes copies of most recent completed income tax returns, copies of quarterly estimated income tax payment records, or similar documents.
DUA benefits may also be available to individuals who become the breadwinner, or who provide major financial support, for a household because the head of household died as a direct result of the hurricane. Individuals applying for benefits under such circumstances must present proof of the death of the head of household, such as a death certificate or affidavit.
While applications may be filed at any GDOL career center, those in the seven-county-disaster area are the Brunswick Career Center, 2517 Tara Lane, (912) 264-7244; Savannah Career Center, 5520 White Bluff Road, (912) 356-2773 and Statesboro Career Center, 62 Packinghouse Road, (912) 681-5156. To find the locations of other career centers, visit dol.georgia.gov.