The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced Tuesday that more than 100,000 residents who potentially are eligible for FEMA Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) can still certify for the benefit.
The department will be notifying potential claimants by email and text message with instructions, but there’s little time for people to respond; those notified need to act by 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12.
The FEMA payment is a supplemental benefit of $300 a week for up to six weeks, or $1,8000. New Jersey is issuing lump-sum payments, which eligible claimants should receive in their direct deposit accounts or debit cards by Nov. 17 or 18, depending on their bank.
The payments of $300 are for claimants who:
- were unemployed for all or part of the six-week period from Aug. 1 through Sept. 5;
- were eligible for at least $100 in unemployment benefits; and
- were unemployed for a COVID-19 related reason.