Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available in Texas Due to Hurricane Harvey

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is part of the federal response to unemployment caused by the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The DUA program in Texas and other states, is administered through the state UI agency. The provisions of the program are similar to the regular Unemployment Insurance program but also apply to individuals who become unemployed from self-employment due to the disaster.

The Texas Workforce Commission is accepting claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Individuals may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of DUA.

Information can be found on the Texas Workforce Commission home page at the following link for both employers and individuals. This page will update with the latest Hurricane Harvey information. Employers can sign up to receive automatic updates. http://www.twc.state.tx.us/hurricane-harvey-resources#informationForEmployers

WC has several ways for individuals to apply for DUA benefits. Individuals can contact a tele-center at 800-939-6631; visit the website for information and to apply at:http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance; or visit a local office in person for assistance to apply. A directory of local offices can be found at: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/directory-workforce-solutions-offices-services-0.

An individual is eligible if they have already 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 declared disaster area; can no longer work or perform self-employment because of physical damage to the place of employment; cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury due to the disaster; or became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of a head of household.

Individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey can apply for DUA online or by calling a Texas Workforce Commission Tele-Center at 800-939-6631. Further information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance and a link to the online application for unemployment benefits is available on the Texas Workforce Commission website.