Who gets the extra $300 in unemployment benefits, when will it start and how long will it last? | WHEC.com

Who gets the extra $300 in unemployment benefits, when will it start and how long will it last?

Jennifer Lewke
Updated: August 24, 2020 07:04 PM
Created: August 24, 2020 04:54 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — Most unemployed New Yorkers will soon see an additional $300 in weekly benefits.

Over the weekend, FEMA approved New York’s application to get the federal benefits. Now the questions turn to when the money will start being handed out and how long the payments will last.

The pandemic put hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers out of work and many of them still haven’t returned to their jobs.

The Federal government was chipping in an additional $600 per week for the unemployed under the previous stimulus package but that stopped at the end of July.

When Congress couldn’t agree on a deal that might have extended the benefits, President Donald Trump decided to use FEMA money to fund another, smaller round of payments.  

There is $44 billion in the fund and all states are eligible to apply for it to offer to their unemployed.

In New York, you have to be unemployed and receiving at least $100 in State or PUA benefits per week to qualify. The payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1 but they won’t be offered nearly as long as the $600 payments were.

The $300 payments last until the FEMA fund runs out which is estimated to be between four and six weeks.  

New York has not released a time-table on when the unemployed will begin receiving the payments but it could be up to six weeks until the state is able to reprogram its systems in order to disperse the money.

In the meantime, the Department of Labor is encouraging folks to continue to re-certify for their benefits weekly to ensure their account is in order while the rest of the details are being worked out.

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