Disaster Unemployment Assistance
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 410, Public Law 93-288, as amended, Public Law 100-707, 42 U.S.C. 5178.
To provide special federally funded weekly benefits to workers and self-employed individuals who are unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially-declared major disaster, and who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits paid by States.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specified Use; Provision of Specialized Services.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Payment of DUA weekly benefits and reemployment assistance services to individuals unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially-declared major disaster. Funds are used for benefit payments to individuals, project administrative costs to States, oversight payments to Department of Labor (DOL), and technical assistance. DUA weekly benefits and reemployment assistance require proof of employment eligibility, proof of employment or self-employment to assist in determining a Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), and aliens must prove they are "qualified aliens" (as determined by the Immigration and Naturalization Service) in order to be eligible to receive a federal public benefit.
Disaster victims who have experienced direct loss of employment as a result of a Presidentially-declared major disaster designated for DUA.
Eligible disaster victims in designated major disaster areas.
FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations 44 CFR Part 206.141 and the DOL Regulations at 20 CFR Part 625.
Application and Award Process
The State Governor makes a request for a Presidential declaration of a major disaster through the appropriate FEMA Regional Director having jurisdiction over the State. Requests for assistance must be made by the Governor in accordance with FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or officials designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Upon declaration of a major disaster declaration designated for DUA, applicants may make application with their local State Workforce Agency (SWA).
Funds are allocated from the President's Disaster Relief Fund and FEMA transfers funding to DOL for use in designated major disaster areas declared for DUA.
Generally, applications for DUA must be filed within 30 days after the date of the SWA announcement regarding availability of DUA. When applicants have good cause, they may file claims after the 30-day deadline. However, no initial application will be considered if filed after the 26th week following the declaration date.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Normally, within 1 to 2 weeks.
Appeals must be filed in accordance with DOL Regulation 20 CFR Part 625.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
DUA may be paid from the period beginning with the first week (as defined in State law) following the date the major disaster began, and extending up through, but no longer than, the 26th week following the Presidential major disaster declaration date.
Post Assistance Requirements
Progress status reports are required.
Internal program audits are conducted.
Record retention in accordance with DOL Regulation 20 CFR Part 625.
(Direct Payments/Services) FY 07 $8,398,718; FY 08 est $12,619,457; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FEMA Regulations at 44 CFR 206.8, 44 CFR 206.141, and DOL Regulations at 20 CFR Part 625.
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), c/o 245 Murray Lane Building #410, Washington, DC 20523. Telephone: (800) 621-FEMA (3363).
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals