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Disaster Unemployment Insurance

Date: September 7, 2017

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Friendswood residents whose jobs have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

DUA, which is an unemployment insurance benefit 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
• Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household

Individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey can apply for DUA online or by calling a Texas Workforce Commission Tele-Center at 800-939-6631.

Further information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance and a link to the online application for unemployment benefits is available on the Texas Workforce Commission website, http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance