DANBURY, Conn. -- People working or living in Fairfield and Hartford counties who temporarily lost jobs because of Tropical Storm Floyd and do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits may be eligible for unemployment assistance under a special federal/state program, disaster recovery officials said today.
Federal Coordinating Officer Sharon L. Stoffel said the special Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program was triggered following President Clinton's disaster declaration for the two Connecticut counties. "It extends benefits to self-employed persons, farm workers, farm owners and others not covered by regular unemployment assistance," she said.
"The DUA program can help people make ends meet until they can get back to work," State Coordinating Officer John T. Wiltse said. "Although federally funded, disaster unemployment benefits are administered by the state Department of Labor.
Individuals needing information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance should visit or call the Connecticut Works Center nearest their home. Office hours are 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Applications must be filed within 30 days of the September 29 announcement date. Those applying for benefits will be asked to provide their Social Security number, as well as documentation of earnings and employment before the disaster.