Disaster Financial Assistance

Apply for disaster assistance through FEMA by visiting https://www.disasterassistance.gov, by calling FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) from 7am-10:30pm, or by downloading FEMA’s app onto a smartphone or tablet. Please see below for details.

The registration process will take about 20 minutes. The following information will be needed to complete the application:

-Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien
-Annual Household Income
-Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address, and damaged home address)
-Insurance Information (coverage, insurance company name, etc.)
-Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

The deadline to register is Friday, December 11th, 2020. 

To learn more about the disaster assistance offered by FEMA, please visit https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.

California residents who applied for assistance from FEMA after sustaining losses from the wildfires starting Aug. 14 may have received a determination letter saying they are ineligible for housing assistance. Some common reasons for FEMA’s decision include the damage caused by the current disaster did not make the home unsafe to live in, FEMA determined that their insurance covered their essential needs, proof of occupancy at the time of the disaster was not provided, or it was indicated on the application that they did not want to move while their damaged home was being repaired.
To appeal FEMA’s decision, individuals must send a letter to FEMA with documentation related to their request and ask FEMA to reconsider their application within 60 days from the date on their determination letter.
-By mail: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055.
-By fax: 1-800-827-8112.
-By a FEMA online account: to set one up, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov, click on “Check Status” and follow the directions.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3iuO85n

Individuals who cannot work due to the wildfires and do not qualify for regular UI benefits are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). For more information and to file a claim, visit: Bit.ly/EDDDUA

The deadline to apply is November 30, 2020.

Disaster benefits now available to individuals in Butte and Santa Clara counties
SACRAMENTO – Californians impacted by wildfires that started in August, in several California counties, now have an extended deadline of November 30, 2020, to file for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The California Employment Development Department (EDD) administers these benefits which are available to workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or businesses, or had their work hours reduced due to the ongoing wildfires.
Additionally, FEMA has determined that individuals in Butte and Santa Clara counties are now eligible to apply for these DUA benefits if their loss of work or self-employment was a direct result of the fires, and they do not qualify for regular state unemployment insurance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), FED-ED extensions, or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.
“A filing extension for these benefits provides California workers and employers who have been impacted by these fires more time to seek the help they need,” said EDD Director Sharon Hilliard. “Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides crucial support to the victims of these fires, helping them recover some of the income they lost due to these devastating blazes.”
DUA applies to losses beginning the week of August 16, 2020, and individuals can receive up to $450 a week in benefits for a maximum period of 27 weeks. These DUA benefits are offered to victims of a disaster and are available to individuals who meet any of the following criteria:
Worked or were a business owner or self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, in the disaster area. This includes, but is not limited to, those in the agricultural and fishing industries.
Cannot reach work because of the disaster or can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.
Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.
Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.
Became the head of their households because of a death caused by the disaster.
Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disaster.
To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or other documentation to support that the individuals were working or self- employed when the disaster occurred. Documentation for the self employed can be obtained from banks, government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business. The fastest and easiest way for new claimants to apply for DUA is to use EDD’s UI Online application, which is available in both English and Spanish. Claimants can also apply for DUA by phone between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday through Friday:
• English: 1-800-300-5616
• Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
• Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-3506
• Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706
• Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058
EDD’s Disaster-Related Services webpage includes more information for individuals and businesses impacted by disasters, including tax filing extensions for affected employers. EDD also encourages individuals to visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services wildfire recovery website for information on Local Assistance Centers where individuals, families and businesses can access disaster assistance programs and services. In addition, job seekers can find the America’s Job Center of California location nearest them (currently appointment-only due to the ongoing pandemic) for access to job-search resources, job postings and training programs, as well as assistance with exploring career options, résumé and application preparation, career development and more. Job seekers also may connect with potential employers through CalJOBS, EDD’s online job-search system. The EDD administers the federal disaster-benefits program in California for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, on behalf of the Emergency Management Agency.

Link to press release: https://bit.ly/3dg7HO0