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Aug 3, 2012 4:53 PM by Greg Boyce

Deadline approaches for Waldo Canyon related unemployment assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance to help workers who lost their jobs, and self-employed individuals who are unable to work, because of the Waldo Canyon Fire will soon end.

The deadline to apply for those benefits is August 8, 2012.

The first possible week of compensation is the week beginning June 10, 2012. Benefit payments may continue through December 29, 2012, as long as the unemployment continues to be a direct result of the disaster.

The compensationi is available to people who:

  • Do not qualify for regular state unemployment benefits
  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment, but were unable to do so because of the disaster
  • 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
  • Cannot reach their place of employment as a direct result of the disaster
  • Have been prevented from work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster
  • Establish that work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income
  • Have become the major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household

To file a claim you may call the Wildfire Unemployment Resource phone line at 1-888-843-8382 (outside Denver-metro area) or 303-318-9038 (Denver-metro area). The Wildfire Unemployment Resource phone line requires applicants to leave a message with their name, social security number, callback number, and best time(s) to return their call.

To receive benefits, you must provide documentation to support that you were working, were self-employed, or had prospective employment at the time of the disaster. Self-employed individuals must provide federal tax forms (including all schedules) for the 2011 tax year. The documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA claim is filed.






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