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Disaster Unemployment Aid Now Available in Six Texas Counties




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September 16, 2011, 4:32pm
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Texas Workforce Press Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Givens

DATE: September 15, 2011 PHONE: (512) 463-8556



Disaster Unemployment Aid Now Available in Six Texas Counties

Workers affected by wildfires in Bastrop, Colorado, Houston, Leon, Travis and Williamson counties can apply for assistance



AUSTIN -- Victims of wildfires in five additional counties may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as a result of an expansion of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4029-DR). Workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to wildfires in Colorado, Houston, Leon, Travis and Williamson counties may apply for DUA. Bastrop County had previously received the declaration.



Individuals affected by Texas wildfires in these counties should apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits by logging onto ui.texasworkforce.org or by calling a TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (CST) at 1-800-939-6631. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the wildfires.



Victims of the wildfires in Colorado, Houston, Leon, Travis and Williamson counties must submit applications for DUA by Oct. 17, 2011, while the deadline for Bastrop County victims remains Oct. 13, 2011.



Wildfire victims who have since left the area can visit any Workforce Solutions Center and apply for DUA.



DUA, which is UI benefits made available especially for victims of disaster, is available to individuals who:

•have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits;

•worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area;

•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;

•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; or

•became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.



Applications for DUA filed after the October deadlines will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for applying late.





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Texas Workforce Commission (512) 463-8942 • http://www.texasworkforce.org • Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Relay Texas: 1-800-735-2989 (TDD) or 711 (Voice)





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DISASTER AID



To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax return or check stub, or documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Send mailed documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA, 101 E. 15th St., Room 354, Austin, TX, 78778-0001, or fax it to 512-936-3250.



Job seekers may visit Texas workforce centers 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. Customers also may connect with potential employers through TWC’s online job-search website, www.WorkInTexas.com.



The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the programs it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call (512) 463-8556 or visit www.texasworkforce.org.
 


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