Floridians who lost their jobs due to Hurricane Matthew’s flooding and subsequent damage may be eligible for nationally based Disaster Unemployment Assistance following federal government approval, Gov. Rick Scott announced recently.
Scott had requested disaster status for storm-impacted individuals, and that request was granted this week for residents in Flagler, St. Johns, Volusia and Putnam counties.
“I have spoken firsthand with many families and business owners who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” Scott said. “We are committed to helping these communities fully recover from this devastating storm, and helping Floridians get back to work is one of the most important ways to do so.”
Disaster Unemployment Assistance funding is available for those who became unemployed due to the hurricane and who do not otherwise qualify for standard unemployment benefits.
The program also covers self-employed individuals, farm and ranch owners and workers, fishers and others who are not typically covered by state-level re-employment benefits. Affected individuals are required to file a request before Nov. 18, assuming they meet listed criteria for qualification.
“Disaster Unemployment Assistance will provide necessary resources for individuals and families in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, but there are many areas along our east coast that still need the federal government’s support,” Scott said. “I continue to urge President Obama to make these designations today so all of the communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew can begin the recovery process.”