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FEMA approves Michigan application to provide an additional $300 per week to unemployed

FEMA approves Michigan application to provide an additional $300 per week to unemployed

On Friday, August 21, the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) approved the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency’s application for funding that would provide an additional $300 per week payment to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits.

“This is good news for the thousands of Michiganders who are still without work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a short-term band aid that falls short of what’s needed,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. She called for the President and Congress to put partisanship aside and pass a bipartisan recovery package. “Michigan families, frontline workers, and small business owners are counting on the federal government to do the right thing and work together on their behalf,” she said.

The UIA estimates that under the program, about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits. The program allows for existing Unemployment Trust Fund payments delivered by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to count as 25 percent matching funds required for participation. Eligible claimants will be paid benefits retroactive to August 1. It is unclear at this time how long funding for the program will last.

“This additional $300 a week will provide some much needed support to those who are still struggling to make ends meet during this time of extreme need,” said Steve Gray, Director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency. “Our goal now is to work as quickly as possible to implement this new program to get people the benefits they need.”

At this time, claimants do not have to take any action to receive the additional benefit amount provided by the program. The additional benefits will be added automatically for all claimants who are eligible to receive at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefit payments. This includes claimants receiving any type of regular unemployment insurance benefits as well as those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.

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One Response to “FEMA approves Michigan application to provide an additional $300 per week to unemployed”

  1. Tammie Garcia says:

    All they need to do is lift the restrictions about working. I see so many help wanted signs. They could earn the three hundred she’s talking about giving them.

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