If you lost your job because of the coronavirus crisis, you might qualify for unemployment and support.

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which includes the Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act and a temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that in general provides up to 46 weeks of unemployment benefits to workers who are not eligible for other types of unemployment assistance. This program has now been extended to mid-March 2021, to make up a total maximum of 57 weeks of PUA benefits. 

You may qualify for PUA if your work does not provide unemployment benefits (such as hourly hospitality, gig employment, self-employment) and you are unable to work for Covid-19 related reasons.

Click here to check whether you are eligible for PUA.

Many people on traditional unemployment also qualify for an additional payment of $300 per week until mid-March 2021.

Please contact Amanda, Jenn, or Kristen at The Literacy Center if you have lost your job or need assistance filing an unemployment claim: (508) 455-5382

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