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CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) in partnership with Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB), is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of severe weather due to Hurricane Harvey. In a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Staples Career Center (520 North Staples, C.C., TX. 78401), Texas Workforce Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs will conduct a briefing on the Disaster Unemployment Aid (DUA) available for six Coastal Bend counties including Aransas, Bee, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio.

WFSCB stands ready to help and serve workers who have been unable to work due to Hurricane Harvey. All Offices and Career Centers will open on August 31, 2017. WFSCB is working with TWC in coordinating efforts to obtain a mobile unit to assist customers in the hardest hit areas of the
Coastal Bend Region. WFSCB is also in the process of finalizing a disaster assistance grant that will allow WFSCB to work with municipalities and counties in hiring temporary workers to assist in the clean-up efforts in their communities.

Under Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4332-DR) dated August 25, 2017, workers who lost their jobs and self- employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from Hurricane Harvey. Applications for DUA must be submitted by September 27, 2017. TWC’s website
contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
For more information: Individuals can apply for disaster unemployment benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance available for workers who apply by October 31, 2017.

Individuals affected by the recent severe storms in the following counties can apply for benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, and Wharton Counties.

Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

DUA, which is an unemployment insurance benefit made available especially for victims of disaster, is available to individuals who:

• Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits
• Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area,
• 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
• Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income
• Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster
• Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.

Applicants must mail in or fax all required documentation within 21 days from the date of the DUA application. Send mailed documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA, 101 E. 15th St., N. Lamar, Austin, TX, 78778-0001, or fax it to 512-936-3250.

Job seekers may visit local Workforce Solutions offices for access to job-search resources, job postings and training programs, as well as assistance with exploring career options, résumé and application preparation, career development and more.Customers also may connect with potential employers through TWC’s online job-search engine, by visiting WorkinTexas.com.

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