HAMPTON, Va. -- November 12th is the deadline for residents in certain areas to apply for federal disaster unemployment assistance in connection with Hurricane Floyd, according to state and federal officials. Disaster unemployment assistance deadlines are set according to when a designated city or county was declared eligible for disaster assistance.
Residents in the following jurisdictions have until Nov. 12 to apply: Cities of Hopewell and Poquoson, and counties of Brunswick, Charles City, Essex, New Kent, Northampton, Richmond, Westmoreland, Fairfax, Hanover and Henrico.
The federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance program is designed to provide emergency financial assistance to agricultural and hourly-paid workers, salaried employees, self-employed and other workers not included in the regular unemployment program. Benefits may be available for up to 26 weeks following the date of the disaster declaration for those who suffered a loss of income because of Floyd.
Claims for disaster unemployment assistance may be filed at any Virginia Employment Commission office. Applicants should bring documentation showing proof of earnings and employment prior to the disaster.Although administered by the state, disaster unemployment benefits are funded entirely by the federal government and are not taken from employer payroll taxes used to finance the regular unemployment insurance program.
For more information about the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program, contact the local Virginia Employment Commission office.