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IDES announces federal disaster assistance to help unemployed

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Monday that individuals and business owners out of work as a direct result of severe rain storms and flooding between April 16 and May 5 might be eligible for federal disaster unemployment assistance.

The disaster unemployment assistance is part of a series of programs available after President Obama agreed to Gov. Pat Quinn's request of a federal disaster declaration in the wake of rain, flooding and straight-line winds that destroyed at least 41 homes and severely damaged 761 others in an 11 county area. Damage assessments continue and additional requests for federal assistance are expected.

The counties declared disaster areas include: Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will counties.

Individuals whose employment  or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of the rain and flooding might be eligible for financial assistance. The federal disaster declaration enables people in the area to access temporary housing, grants or loans to help with flood-related losses. Businesses might qualify for low-interest loans.

Applications are available at IDES offices. To apply, individuals will need their Social Security number; the name and address of their employer; and proof that flooding interrupted the opportunity to work. A copy of the most recent federal income tax forms or check stub might also be required. Self-employed individuals also should provide Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F from their tax returns.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency designated this disaster FEMA-DR-4116. Individuals generally can receive benefits as long as their unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility for benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis. Maximum eligibility is 29 weeks.

Applications for DUA must be filed by Wednesday, June 19. To be eligible for DUA benefits under Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA-DR-4116, individuals:

  • Must be an unemployed or self-employed whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President
  • Must be a U.S. national or a qualified alien
  • Must not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state
  • Must have worked or were self-employed in, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, one of the counties listed above
  • Must establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income

Also eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of the disaster
  • Cannot work or perform self-employment due to a closure of a facility by the federal government

Applications filed after June 19 will be considered untimely unless the individual provides good cause. Individuals generally can receive up to 29 weeks of DUA benefits as long as his/her unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis.

Individuals who might be eligible for assistance must file a claim at their nearest Illinois Department of Employment Security offices. Residents of the above counties are served by IDES offices, which are open from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can click here to find an office near you.

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