WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Arkansas for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program.
The grant funding will allow Arkansas to provide $300 per week, on top of its regular unemployment benefit, to those unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FEMA will work with Gov. Asa Hutchinson to implement a system to make this funding available to Arkansas residents.
On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday (Aug. 25), the state of Arkansas agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.
To see a list of states previously approved for lost wages assistance, go to: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/lost-wages-assistance-approved-states.
To learn more about FEMA’s lost wages supplemental payment assistance, visit: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/fema-lost-wages-supplemental-payment-assistance.