Deadline Approaching to Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria who lost their jobs as a result of the storms have until Dec. 29 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
The DUA program provides unemployment benefits and re-employment services to individuals to assist them in their recovery. The program is designed to help survivors who are unemployed as a result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance. Individuals such as farmers, fishers, independent contractors and small-business owners, may qualify for disaster unemployment assistance.
Survivors who are out of work for at least one week as a direct result of the hurricanes are eligible to apply. Benefits may be extended for up to 26 weeks – as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be disaster-related.
The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Labor is assisting DUA applicants at the following locations:
- St. Croix: USVI Department of Labor, 4401 Sion Farm, Christiansted; Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- St. John: USVI Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- St. Thomas: USVI Department of Labor at 2353 Kronprindsens Gade; Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To apply for DUA, individuals must provide proof of identity and citizenship (U.S. citizen, U.S. national or qualified alien). Survivors are also required to provide verification of employment or self-employment or provide verification about work that was to begin on or after the storms.
Other requirements for eligibility include:
- Be unemployed as a direct result of the disaster
- Be able and available for work, unless injured as a direct result of the disaster
- Have not refused an offer of employment in a suitable position
- File before the applicable deadline
- Not be eligible for regular unemployment insurance
For more information and to view other services offered by the USVI Department of Labor, visit www.vidol.gov.