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Pandemic Umemployment Benefits – What Rights Do I Have?

End of the Pandemic Unemployment Benefits – What Rights Do I Have?

Which benefits are ending?

DC has had three special unemployment programs that expire September 4, 2021:

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or PEUC, extending the time you could receive regular unemployment (“UI”) benefits.
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC, giving an extra $300 per week.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, giving benefits to people who can’t get regular UI.
    Are my unemployment benefits going to stop after September 4, 2021?
    Maybe.
  • If you get regular UI, your payments might continue – Please keep filing claims cards!
  • If you get PEUC, your PEUC will stop, but you might start getting regular UI again or you might be eligible for another benefit program – see below!
  • If you get PUA, your payments will stop.
  • The extra $300 per week will stop.
  • Are there any other unemployment benefits I can apply for?
    If you are in the PEUC or regular UI program and you do not get paid after the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, you may be eligible for the week ending Sept. 11, 2021 through another program called Extended Benefits (EB). If this applies to you or you aren’t sure, please apply for EB as soon as your other payments stop at dcnetworks.org or 202-724-7000.
  • If you think you may be eligible for PUA for weeks ending between December 1, 2020 andSeptember 4, 2021, but haven’t applied yet, you can apply until October 6, 2021.

I think DOES owes me money for past weeks. Can they still pay me?
Yes! DOES has to keep processing all timely- filed claims. If you are still waiting on DOES to make a decision on your claim or to pay you for missing weeks, please keep following up with them at 202-724-7000 or uiescalations@dc.gov.
DOES told me they aren’t going to pay me – what can I do?
You can request a hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
Get the appeal form at
https://oah.dc.gov/publication/ui-request- hearing-appeal-determination-claims-examiner- involving-unemployment-benefits or by calling OAH at (202) 442-9094. You can email it to oah.filing@dc.gov or bring it in person to the Office of Administrative Hearings, 441 Fourth Street NW, Suite 450N, Washington, DC 20001.
Are there any non-UI programs I can apply for to help pay my bills?
Yes! DC residents can apply for SNAP (food stamps), TANF, & Alliance/Immigrant Children’s Program at https://dcbenefits.dhs.dc.gov/, via smart phone through District Access App, or in person at a DHS Service Center. You can apply for Medicaid at dchealthlink.com or by phone at 1-855-532-5465.
You can apply for rental and utility assistance at stay.dc.gov or 833-478-2932.
*If you receive benefits through these programs, please meet all your reporting requirements, including if your unemployment benefits stop.
**This flyer is based on information available to Legal Aid as of August 20, 2021, and is subject to change.

Need help? Call Legal Aid at (202) 628-1161 or go to https://www.legalaiddc.org/online-intake/.

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End of Pandemic Benefits Fact Sheet

On September 4, 2021, in accordance with federal law, several federal unemployment benefits offered through the American Rescue Plan Act will end.

If you are currently receiving one of the following benefits, this notice is important for you. The following benefits will expire:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment
    Compensation (PEUC)
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment
    Compensation (FPUC)
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation
    (MEUC)
    Under federal law, no PUA, PEUC, FPUC, or MEUC payments may be made after the week ending September 4 regardless of your balance at the time
    of program termination. The amount you will receive as part of your weekly unemployment benefits after September 4 will be impacted by these changes from the federal government. The benefit amount in D.C., based on eligibility and wage information submitted
    to DOES, can range from $50 to $444 per week. You can estimate your weekly benefit amount by visitingDCNetworks.org and clicking Estimate Your Benefits.
    Eligible claimants receiving traditional unemployment insurance benefits in the District will continue to be paid. If a claimant’s traditional unemployment benefits have been exhausted or a traditional claim has expired, individuals must file a new claim or reopen an existing claim to be determined for eligibility or to continue receiving benefits to which they may be entitled.
    For more information on the expiration of federal benefits, additional resources, and eligibility for other unemployment benefits through the District of Columbia, visit our website at does.dc,gov.
DOES RESOURCES
DOES is committed to continuing to provide unemployment support through benefits and workforce development support for re-employment. DOES offers the following resources to DC residents:
American Job Center helps residents find a new job, transition into something new, expand their skills, or explore a new career.
DC Infrastructure Academy trains, screens, and recruits residents to fulfill the needs of the infrastructure industry and infrastructure jobs.
CAREER
CONNECTIONS
DC Career Connections is a work readiness program that provides out-of-school and unemployed young adults with opportunities to gain valuable work experience.
Project Empowerment provides unemployed residents with opportunities to grow in education, training, and subsidized employment placements.
For more information about these resources, go to does.dc.gov and click on Services.
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Unemployment Benefits

The mayor has published the following information regarding unemployment benefits

  • For those independent contractors who have gotten a financial lifeline from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) payments, those payments will END on Sept. 4. This is because federal funding through the American Rescue Plan STOPS for PUA.
  • For those on UI:
    • the $300 added to weekly benefits ENDS
    • the Mixed Earner UI program ENDS
    • the extension of UI for the pandemic known as PEUC (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation) ENDS
  • As of today Monday Aug 30 2021, the work search requirement goes back into place. The council actually passed this on emergency earlier this month.
  • Legal Aid Society of DC has put together an excellent one-pager that is attached. DOES and US Dept of Labor (DOL) have also put a fact sheet together which is attached here as well. Finally, DOES has launched a new unemployment compensation website, so attached is a press release from DOES on that.

For those claimants who need assistance with escalation of their UI claims or if you need assistance with STAY DC applications, please contact our office at 202-724-8028.

The new DC unemployment web site is found at:  unemployment.dc.gov
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COVID Updates in DC

COVID MASKS UPDATE
 
Effective Saturday, July 31, 2021, all people 2 years and older will be required to wear masks indoors, no matter their vaccine status.  This updated guidance is in response to a significant increase in the daily COVID case rate.  
 
COVID VACCINE UPDATE
 
The Mayor announced new incentive programs to help vaccinate District youths. Between 10 AM and 4 PM this Saturday, August 7th, Families can walk up with no appointment to claim their child’s free COVID-19 vaccine.  All DC youths age 12 to 17 being vaccinated can receive a $51 Visa gift card or an Air pod (as long as the ipods are available at these locations).  In additions, DC high school students age 18 to 21 can also receive the $51 Visa gift card.  
 
All the above students will be eligible for 4 weekly drawing that will provide students with a chance to receive an iPad (8 winner each week) or a $25,000 college scholarship (2 winners/week).
 
The vaccinations will be at the following Middle Schools this Saturday:
Brookland Middle School      1150 Michigan Avenue, NE
Sousa Middle School           3650 Ely Place SE
Johnson Middle School        1400 Bruce Place SE
Parents/guardians will also receive a $51 gift card for each child they bring to get their first vaccination at any of the three schools.  Johnson Middle School.  More details on vaccine locations, incentives, and prizes for youths can be found at vaccines.gov
You can find a full list of places to get vaccinated at vaccines.gov
 
WALKUP VACCINATION SITES:  (Ages 12 and up)  
 
DC Residents who are 12 and older, show proof of their residency, and receive their first dose of the vaccine at the three location below can receive a $51 Visa gift card.  Vaccine buddies can also receive a $51 Visa gift card at these sites for helping unvaccinated friends, family, and neighbors get vaccinated.  (Note:  Parents/guardians will receive a $51 gift card for each child they bring to be vaccinated.
 
1.  Anacostia High School:  Tuesday thru Thursday:  11 AM to 7 PM ———Saturday 12 PM to 5 PM
 
2.  Ida B. Wells Middle School:  Wednesday thru Saturday:  2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
3.  Dorthy Height Library:  Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 AM to 6 PM —–Thursday 12 PM to 6 PM ———Saturday 12 PM to 5 PM
 
Note:
All DC youths who get vaccinated or who have already been vaccinated will also be eligible to win an iPad or a college scholarship worth $25,000.
 
Also, 135 schools –all public schools that serve students between the ages of 12 and 17 – will also receive microgrants to fund their own events and prizes for their students who have also been vaccinated.  
 
Required Pediatric Immunizations
 
This week, the District government announced that all children 2 years and older will be required to wear a mask during in-person education at schools.  There are also a number of pediatric immunization requirements for incoming students as well as some updated guidances for schools based on dC Health and CDC guidelines. Families are encouraged to go vaccinate.dc.gov to book reservations for their children to be vaccinated.  vaccinate.dc.gov  
 
Find other opportunities to get vaccinated today, including at pharmacies and clinics across all eight wards, at vaccines.gov
Can’t leave your home? Call 1-855-363-0333 and we’ll come to you!
For any questions regarding the vaccine program, please email vaccinatedc@dc.gov.
Don’t Wait. Vaccinate!

Clinics for Residents Ages 12-18

DC Health will continue to provide targeted vaccination opportunities to the community, beginning with these new vaccine clinics at six DC Public Schools. The clinics are open to all District youth, not just DCPS students. As adjustments are made to vaccination sites, residents are also reminded that they can find opportunities to claim their free COVID-19 vaccine, including at pharmacies and clinics across all eight wards, by going to vaccines.gov.
The initial schedule for school-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics is listed below. Additional dates and opportunities are expected to be added throughout the summer, and the most recent and current schedule will be posted here.
  • Cardozo EC (1200 Clifton St. NW), 9 am – 2 pm
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, and 7/20. The school will have second dose opportunities on 7/6, 7/13, 7/17, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, and 8/17. For more information, please call (202) 727-5148.
  • H.D. Woodson (540 55th St. NE), 9 am – 2 pm
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, and 7/28. The school will have second dose opportunities on 7/7, 7/10, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, and 8/18. For more information, please call (202) 724-2287.
  • Dunbar SHS (101 N St. NW), 9 am – 3 pm
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 7/24. Children’s National will be providing the second dose opportunities at the Main Hospital (111 Michigan Avenue NW) on 8/14 and at the school during school hours Monday – Friday from August 16-20. To schedule an appointment, please call (202) 476-5464. Walk-ups are also welcomed.
  • Ballou SHS (3401 4th St. SE), 9 am – 3 pm
    • The school will have first dose opportunities on 7/31. Children’s National will be providing the second dose opportunities at the Main Hospital (111 Michigan Avenue NW) on 8/21 and at the school during school hours Monday – Friday from August 23-27. To schedule an appointment, please call (202) 476-5464. Walk-ups are also welcomed.
Consent policies vary by provider, and the DCPS vaccine clinics will be operated by multiple providers. Students and families can call ahead to learn more about the consent policy at a specific site.
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Summer Holidays – No Construction Allowed

With a few holidays coming our way, we want to encourage everyone to stay safe and to remember that construction is not permitted on District holidays without an active after hours permit. On the following holidays construction work is illegal and could result in a Stop Work Order and fines:
  • Monday, May 31, 2021: Memorial Day
  • Sunday, July 4, 2021: Independence Day
  • Monday, September 6, 2021: Labor Day
For more information, visit our illegal construction webpage. Please report illegal construction to the District’s 311 system. You can report your service request by either calling 311, visiting the 311.dc.gov, using the mobile app (DC311), using the online live chat feature during standard business hours, texting DC311, or tweeting to @311dcgov. As a reminder, DCRA will be closed on these holidays.
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DCRA Headquarters Reopening For In-Person Services

In response to improving health metrics across the District, DCRA will reopen on Monday, July 12. As of this writing, customers will enter the building using a numbered system to ensure that only safe numbers of people are admitted and to accommodate social distancing. Face masks will also be required to enter.
For more information on reopening and the District’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/.
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DC Public Libraries Update

DC Public Libraries Update
On June 1, the DC Public Library will increase occupancy at all open locations. Customers will be allowed to browse the collection and sit at a table or in lounge areas to read, study, or work. The Library also will expand the number of public computers available and extend the sessions from 45 minutes to 70 minutes.
Starting June 1, people will be able to:
  • Browse the collection: People will be able to search bookshelves for items they want to use in the Library or borrow.
  • Use tables and lounge areas: People will be able to sit at tables to read or work.
  • Pick up books that they have placed on hold.
  • Apply for a Library card: People can apply for a Library Card at an open location and online via the Library’s website dclibrary.org.
  • Use a computer: The Library has increased the number of public computers. In addition, computer sessions are extended to 70-minutes each.
  • Printing/Scanning: People can print in person by using a computer at one of the open locations or using the remote printing option. Scanning and copying are also available. Learn more at dclibrary.org/computeruse.
  • Borrow Grab & Go materials: Curated book titles and bundles of books will be available for checkout near the circulation desk.
  • Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s first, second, third and fifth floors, plus computers and special equipment in the Center for Accessibility.
  • Make appointments to visit The Labs, the Adult Learning Department, and People’s Archive in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
  • Attend outdoor programming.
  • Use the restroom.
In the coming weeks, indoor programming and events will be phased in and meeting, study, and conference rooms will be made available to the public.
The following measures have been put in place at library locations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
  • Face masks are required for staff and the public.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at each location for staff and the public.
The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Anacostia, Bellevue, Benning, Capitol View, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Deanwood, Francis A. Gregory, Georgetown, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Mt. Pleasant, Northeast, Palisades, Petworth, Shaw, Shepherd Park, Southeast, Southwest, Tenley-Friendship, West End, and Woodridge.
The opening of the Library’s small locations – Takoma Park, Rosedale, Parklands-Turner, Lamond Riggs Interim and Northwest One – will be phased in over the coming weeks. In the meantime, people can explore the Library’s catalog by visiting dclibrary.org, using the Library’s mobile app, or calling 311 and asking to be connected to the closest Library location.
Martha Saccocio
DC Public Library
Director, Community Engagement
(202) 604-8241 (M)
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Mayor’s Vaccine and City’s program to help pay DC citizens rent and utility bills.

May 21, 2021

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,
On Saturday, May 1, more than 1,000 volunteers came out to help neighbors across DC make a plan to get vaccinated. Tomorrow, we will canvass the city again — at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. — and we want you to join us. Now that we have enough vaccine for every resident who wants one, we know that many vaccinations will happen because of conversations between friends, family, and neighbors. Joining us for the Day of Action is an opportunity to share your experience with getting vaccinated with neighbors who might still have questions or concerns.
While we’re out, we’ll make sure people know:
  • All people 12 and older are eligible to take the vaccine
  • The vaccines are safe, free, and available at walk-up sites across DC
  • Now that most capacity limits and restrictions have been lifted in DC, being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 while enjoying all DC has to offer
We will also share information about how residents can get help paying rent and utility bills through the STAY DC program. We need any resident struggling to pay their bills to know that through STAY DC they can get:
  • 12 months of back rent paid
  • 3-6 months of forward rent paid
  • utility (gas, water, and electricity) bills paid
If you want to help us spread the word, go to bit.ly/dayofactiondcand sign up for a canvassing shift.
Sincerely,
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