SUNRISE: Wednesday is deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance

ANDREW GIBSON Updated: August 7, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: August 7, 2012

Wednesday is the deadline for those affected by the Waldo Canyon fire to apply for disaster unemployment assistance.

The following is from a state press release:

DUA is available to people who:

  • Do not qualify for regular state unemployment benefits.
  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, but were unable to do so because of the disaster.
  • 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.
  • Cannot reach their place of employment as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Have been prevented from work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Establish that work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.
  • Have become the major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household.

To file a claim for DUA, you may call the Wildfire Unemployment Resource phone line at 1-888-843-8382 (outside Denver-metro area) or 303-318-9038 (Denver-metro area).  The Wildfire Unemployment Resource phone line requires applicants to leave a message with their name, social security number, callback number, and best time(s) to return their call. 

To receive DUA benefits, you must provide documentation to support that you were working, were self-employed, or had prospective employment at the time of the disaster.  Self-employed individuals must provide federal tax forms (including all schedules) for the 2011 tax year.  The documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA claim is filed. 

In addition to DUA benefits, individuals may contact their nearest workforce center to receive job-search assistance.  A full list of all workforce centers is available online.  Visit www.colorado.gov/cdle and click on Workforce Center Services.

     

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