Unemployed Connecticut residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could get some additional help after FEMA approved the state’s application for $300 per week in supplemental benefits.
FEMA said early Tuesday morning that FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor has approved Connecticut for a grant under the FEMA Lost Wages Assistance program.
The grant funding will allow Connecticut to provide an additional $300 per week to those who became unemployed due to COVID-19, on top of their regular unemployment benefit.
Earlier this month, Gov. Ned Lamont addressed the state’s plan for applying for help to the unemployed.
He previously said a second option, which required states to come up with a 25 percent match in order for recipients to receive $400 in extra weekly benefits, would be too expensive for the state to cover.
FEMA said President Donald Trump made about $44 billion available from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance.
The $300 additional benefit will be retroactive to the claim week beginning July 26, according to Gov. Lamont.
People who are eligible must self-certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A full list of states previously approved for lost wages assistance can be found here.
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