Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Impacted Workers in St. Clair County
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available to individuals in St. Clair County who were impacted by flooding in July as a result of a major disaster declaration issued by President Biden on October 14, 2022. DUA benefits are federally funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“IDES is encouraged to see that federal DUA benefits are available to eligible individuals impacted by the major flooding that occurred in July,” said IDES Director Kristin Richards. “The Department stands ready to assist those affected and bring some relief to the area’s residents.”
IDES is now accepting applications for DUA benefits from individuals in St. Clair County whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to the flooding. Claimants are eligible to receive up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits as long as their unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis. Applications for DUA benefits must be filed by November 18, 2022.
To file a DUA benefits claim, individuals are encouraged to:
Contact the IDES call center appointment line at: 217.558.0401
Identify they are calling related to the St. Clair County Flood – DUA Benefits
Schedule an appointment to visit the Belleville American Job Center to file a DUA benefits claim
Claimants must first apply for and be denied regular state unemployment insurance benefits before applying for DUA benefits. IDES will work with individuals on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility and payment(s) of DUA benefits.
To be considered eligible for DUA benefits, individuals must:
Be an unemployed or self-unemployed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President
Be a U.S. national or qualified citizen
Not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state
Have worked or were self-employed in, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, St. Clair County
Establish the work or self-employment no longer able to perform is the primary source of income
Individuals who may also be eligible to apply for DUA benefits include those who:
Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster
Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster
Became the sole earner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household
Cannot work or perform self-employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government
About the Department of Employment Security
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) provides vital employment services to Illinois workers, employers, and job seekers with resources including Job Fairs and IllinoisJobLink.com, analyzes and disseminates actionable Labor Market Information, and administers the Unemployment Insurance Program. To see the full range of services provided by IDES, and for the latest news concerning the department, visit IDES.Illinois.gov.