What does FEMA consider the “period of assistance” for supplemental lost wages assistance?

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The COVID-19 incident period ended on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.

The period of assistance is the week ending August 1, 2020 to December 27, 2020 or termination of the program, whichever is sooner. Assistance from FEMA for providing supplemental payments for lost wages may terminate prior to December 27, 2020 if:

  1. FEMA expends $44 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) for supplemental lost wages assistance.
  2. The total, unobligated balance of the DRF decreases to $25 billion,
  3. Legislation is enacted that provides, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supplemental federal pandemic unemployment compensation or similar compensation for unemployed or partially unemployed individuals.
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