Senator Todd Kaminsky announced the Lost Wage Assistance program payments, through the New York State Department of Labor, to help New Yorkers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 will begin next week.
Approximately 2 million New Yorkers who filed for unemployment insurance and indicated that their employment had been affected by the pandemic will be pre-qualified, while approximately 435,000 more may qualify with additional certification. Eligible residents will begin receiving payments of $300 this week, which will be retroactive for the benefit weeks ending on August 2nd, 9th and 16th.
“The Lost Wage Assistance program will bring much needed relief to New Yorkers who have been impacted by the coronavirus,” says Senator Todd Kaminsky. “This program will help families who have been concerned about paying the rent and putting food on the table. With over 2 million New Yorkers pre-qualified for this program, New York is once again leading on ensuring an economic recovery for all as we weather the pandemic.”
New Yorkers have struggled financially amid the pandemic, and many have faced growing uncertainty since federal unemployment benefits ended in July. The Lost Wage Assistance program aims to provide New Yorkers with a sense of security by providing them with the means to be able to pay rent and buy groceries. Funding for the program will continue until the federal Disaster Relief Fund dips below $25 billion, the $44 billion set aside for the LWA program is depleted or Congress enacts a federal unemployment relief program. Funding for the program is authorized through December 27, 2020.
Residents who are pre-qualified will receive an email and text message from the Department of Labor. Those that need to submit additional documentation can do so either online or by calling (833) 491-0632.