If you live in Arkansas and lost your job due to COVID-19, there is some help on the way. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Arkansas for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Arkansas to provide $300 per week and that's on top of their regular unemployment benefit -- to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

According to a press release, FEMA will work with Arkansas 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. Today, the state of Arkansas agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA looks forward to working with the governors of additional states who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

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.

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