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Deadlines approach for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The following is a news release from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce:

Deadlines to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) are nearing for 19 of the 24 counties that have been declared eligible for individual assistance by FEMA.

Those 19 counties have deadlines next week. They are Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Greenwood, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg.  

“We encourage anyone who has lost wages, due to the direct result of the storm, to apply for assistance,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the Department of Employment and Workforce. “Regardless if you are an employee, self-employed or the owner of a small business, this program is designed for you.”

The following are county-by-county application filing deadlines for DUA:

Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg date of declaration was October 5 and November 4 is the filing deadline.

Berkeley, Clarendon and Sumter date of declaration was October 6 and November 5 is the filing deadline.

Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw and Lee date of declaration was October 7 and November 6 is the filing deadline.

Bamberg, Colleton and Greenwood date of declaration was October 8 and November 7 is the filing deadline.

Newberry date of declaration was October 13 and November 12 is the filing deadline.

Fairfield and Marion date of declaration was October 20 and November 19 is the filing deadline.

Greenville and Spartanburg date of declaration was October 27 and November 26 is the filing deadline.

The DUA program makes funds available to assist people who became unemployed as a direct result of the torrential storm and ensuing floods. It also is available to small business owners and the self-employed, including 1099 contract workers, who lost personal income due to the disaster.

One or more of the following criteria must be met to qualify for this program:

  • Individuals who are unemployed due to the disaster, and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Self-employed individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster.
  • Individuals who were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster.
  • Individuals who have become the major supplier of household income due to the disaster-related death or injury of the previous major supplier of household income.
  • Individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster.
  • Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster.

Applicants can file immediately at www.mybenefits.dew.sc.gov. Please check www.dew.sc.gov for updates on this program. Applicants have 30 days from the time a county has been declared a disaster to file a claim under this program.

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