ALBANY, N.Y. – Unemployed New Yorkers eligible for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) will begin receiving payments next week, according to the Department of Labor.
LWA funds are distributed in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to supplement regular unemployment insurance benefits. This was part of a memorandum signed by President Trump on Aug. 8.
FEMA approved the lost wages grant for New York on Aug. 25.
NEW: $300 Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) payments will begin next week.
Roughly 2 million New Yorkers are pre-qualified for the program & will receive payment next week. Another 435,000 individuals must submit an additional certification to qualify.
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The Dept. of Labor says about 2 million residents on unemployment already pre-qualify to receive the LWA payments, and will get a text or email Friday notifying them of their eligibility.
About 435,000 people on unemployment must submit an addition certification to qualify to receive LWA payments. These people should receive an email on Friday, with a link to certify via DocuSign. To certify over the phone, call 833-491-0632.
Those who must submit additional certification will receive payments starting next week if their certification is submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 15.
Eligible claimants will get the additional $300 retroactively for the weeks of Aug. 2, 9 and 16, starting next week.