SALEM, Ore--- Certain Oregon disaster survivors who have lost work as a direct result of the Oregon Wildfires since September 7 are eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. That is according to FEMA.
DUA benefits are available to workers in eight Oregon counties that have been federally designated for disaster assistance. Those counties include Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Douglas, Clackamas, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion.
The purpose of the assistance is to help workers with primary incomes that have been lost or interrupted by a federally declared disaster. The assistance is funded by FEMA and administered by the Oregon Employment Department.
It differs from regular state unemployment insurance because it also provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, loggers and employees who work on commission. In addition, it helps those who are unable to reach their place of employment or are unable to work because of an injury as a direct result of the fires.
To receive DUA, an individual must not receive regular state unemployment, pandemic emergency unemployment compensation or pandemic unemployment assistance. Claimants must also meet normal eligibility requirements for an Oregon Unemployment Insurance claim.
The deadline to file a claim is Oct. 23, 2020. Required documentation, including proof of employment or self-employment at the time of the wildfires or income for 2019, must be submitted within 21 days of filing. To apply:
- Visit www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster
- Call 503-570-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Packets are available at some evacuation sites and state WorkSource Centers.
Oregon DUA benefits apply to weeks of unemployment beginning with the week starting Sept. 13 and will be available through March 20, 2021, as long as the individual's unemployment continues as a result of the wildfires.