Unemployment Assistance Deadlines Extended for Workers Affected by Wildfires
The wildfires that ravaged Northern California have left a trail of destruction in their wake, including at least 43 deaths and thousands upon thousands of destroyed homes and buildings. The fires were declared a major natural disaster on October 10.
As with any disaster of this scale, a large number of people have been displaced from their communities and may no longer have jobs or may be unable to reach their place of employment. Others may be injured or may be a new head of household following the tragic death of a family member. For these and many other reasons, Californians affected by the wildfires are turning to the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program for much-needed help while they get back on their feet.
Thankfully, the deadline to take advantage of this resource has been extended to Dec. 18. According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the U.S. Department of Labor extended the deadline due to the number of residents and workers affected. They will even consider later claims if the applicant “can show reasonable cause for a late submission.”
As of Nov. 8, residents have filed 4,700 claims for disaster unemployment benefits. Applicants from Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Orange and Yuba counties may qualify, but must meet all eligibility criteria during the life of the claim to continue receiving the weekly financial benefit that expires on April 14, 2018.
Applications may be filed in person in the employment office located at 2227 Capricorn Way in Santa Rosa Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by phone during those same business hours at 707-565-5550, or online at sonomawib.org.
The attorneys with the California Fire Lawyers encourage everyone in Northern California whose employment status has been impacted by these fires to utilize the extended deadline to file for financial assistance during this difficult time. Additionally, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your legal options regarding the loss of your home. We are working to hold the responsible parties accountable for these wildfires so that the families affected by them can recover their losses and receive the compensation we feel they deserve. Call us at 707-533-8128 or contact us online for more information.