The recent destruction of Hurricane Michael displaced many Floridian workers. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced they are currently accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits from following counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington, and Leon.
Applicants must file by November 14, 2018. Requested supporting documents must be submitted within 21 days of the application being filed. The time period of assistance can span from from October 14th, 2018 until April 13, 2019, depending on how long the applicant’s work was affected.
WHERE TO FILE:
By Phone: 1-800-385-3920 (Representatives are available Mondays-Fridays 8am-5pm and on Saturdays from 8am-3pm Eastern Standard Time)
The following workers or business owners may be eligible for benefits:
- Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
- Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of Hurricane Michael;
- Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income;
- Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
- Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
- Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because the former breadwinner’s death occurred as a result of Hurricane Michael.