ALBANY, NY- Residents who are unemployed as a direct result of the recent flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Irene may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program, state and federal officials announced today.
The availability of this program was initiated by President Obama's August 31 disaster declaration for parts of New York State and extends to those living or working in any of the 20 counties eligible for individual assistance.
They are: Albany, Clinton, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Montgomery, Nassau, Orange, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, and Westchester counties.
To apply for DUA, call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124 or 1-877-358-5306 if you live out of state.
Have your Social Security number, earnings from your most recent tax year and employment history available when you call.
The deadline to apply for DUA is October 3, 2011.
You may be eligible to apply for DUA if: