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DWD > Unemployment for Individuals > Disaster Unemployment Assistance Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Claim Rights and Responsibilities

How do I qualify for DUA?

• You must have received a week of unemployment benefits following the date the major disaster began;
• You must be unable to reach your place of employment;
• You were scheduled to start work and the job no longer exists or you were unable to reach the job;
• You became the primary household earner because the head of the household died as a direct result of the disaster; or
• You cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the major disaster.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible you must meet one of the qualifying conditions listed above AND you must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

• You have filed for unemployment insurance benefits and have been denied;
• You are unemployed as a direct result of the disaster;
• You are able and available for work, unless injured as a direct result of the disaster;
• You filed an application for DUA within 30 days of the date of the public announcement of the availability of DUA; and
• You have not refused an offer of employment in a suitable position.

How do I file Disaster Unemployment Assistance?

You must first file a claim for regular unemployment insurance benefits. You can file online using Uplink, Indiana’s online filing system by clicking the link on the upper right side of the web page that states “filing for unemployment.” This can be done from any internet-enabled computer. You can also visit your local WorkOne for assistance. If you receive a notice in the mail stating you are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits fill out the necessary forms online for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. (See the above criteria.) You can access these forms here, or at any WorkOne. There is a separate form for self-employed Hoosiers. This form can be taken to any WorkOne, faxed to (317) 233-1670, or mailed to:

            Indiana Department of Workforce Development
            10 North Senate Avenue, RM SE 302
            Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
            Attn: DUA Claims

After you fax or mail your initial claim form, you must also file a weekly DUA voucher.

How do I file my weekly vouchers for DUA? 

You will file your weekly vouchers for DUA by filling out the form “Weekly Request for Assistance.”  This form can be accessed online here, or at any WorkOne. You can take this form to any WorkOne. It can also be faxed to (317) 233-1670 or mailed to:

            Indiana Department of Workforce Development
            10 North Senate Avenue, RM SE 302
            Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
            Attn: DUA Claims

Why do I have to apply first for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits?

The federal government requires DWD to process your request for regular UI before processing the DUA request.  You will receive a denial letter in the mail for regular UI before receiving a notice regarding your DUA.  If you filed for both regular UI and DUA you will first receive a letter regarding regular UI.

How soon will I know the status of my claim? 

Your claim will receive the highest priority and will be processed in our Indianapolis office as soon as it is received.  You can check the status of your regular UI claim by logging onto Uplink, Indiana’s online filing system or by calling 1-800-891-6499.  If you qualify for DUA, you will first receive a letter of denial in the mail for regular UI, then a notice of approval for DUA. 

How will I receive my benefits? 

DWD pays benefits to a Visa© debit card. This card can be mailed to whatever address you specify, such as a P.O. Box, a friend or relative’s house or your local WorkOne. Your Visa© debit card will be sent as soon as your claim is processed.

How much can I collect weekly in regular UI benefits?  

If you qualify and have filed the necessary forms on a weekly basis, the minimum you can collect is $50 per week and the maximum is $390.00 weekly.  The amount is based on your previous earnings. You can find more information about benefits on DWD’s website, www.in.gov/dwd, under “Unemployment for Individuals.”

How much can I collect in weekly DUA benefits? 

If you qualify and have filed the necessary forms on a weekly basis, the maximum you can collect is $390.00.  The amount of payment is based on your previous earnings or your self employed earnings. The minimum you can collect is $122 weekly.   

Can I be denied for DUA benefits?  

Yes, if you are still able to go to work, but take time off to deal with personal items affected by the tornados you are not eligible for benefits.  There are other scenarios that may result in denial of DUA.  In addition, if you qualify for regular UI, you will not receive DUA.

Can I appeal if benefits are denied?

Yes, a denial of DUA benefits may be appealed.  You must file an appeal within 60 days of the date the determination was mailed.

Do I have to wait a one week before receiving DUA like I do with regular UI?

No, the one week waiting period only applies to regular UI.

 

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Forms