The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Delaware’s application to receive Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) funding from the agency's Disaster Relief Fund.
On August 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want to emphasize that this benefit is time-limited and not everyone who has filed an unemployment claim will be eligible,” said Cerron Cade, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor.
LWA benefits are retroactive to the week ending August 1st, and eligible individuals will receive $300 per week in benefits in addition to their regular unemployment benefits. The LWA program and the availability of LWA benefits will end when the first of the following occurs: 1) available federal funding is depleted, 2) federal legislation is enacted to provide unemployment benefits covered, or 3) December 27, 2020.
The DOL expects to begin issuing the payments to eligible claimants beginning next week. For more information, including eligibility, click here.