Applications for the Excluded Worker Fund will open in August 2021!
On April 6th, 2021, state legislators and the Governor approved a state budget that includes a $2.1 billion fund for excluded workers. This historic victory is the first of its kind in the US.
Excluded workers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, but haven’t received any state or federal financial support. This fund will provide direct assistance to those workers, finally providing the relief so many others have already received.
This fund will provide a one-time payment for help with income that was lost between March 27th, 2020 and April 1, 2021.
Click here to skip to requirements to get an ITIN (which will help you reach Tier 1, as well as offer other benefits).
Who is an Excluded Worker?
An excluded worker is someone who is ineligible for state unemployment benefits or federal COVID-related relief funds. Do all of the following apply to you?
Live in NY now
Were living in NY before March 27th, 2020
Have lost wages or income after February 2020 because of:
COVID-related unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work OR
COVID-related death or disability of breadwinner or major household source of income;
Be ineligible for Unemployment Insurance or federal COVID-related income relief; AND
Have earned $26,208 or less between April 19, 2020 and April 19, 2021
What does the Excluded Worker Fund offer?
Tier 1: $15,600 pre-taxes ($300 per week for 52 weeks)
Tier 2: $3,200 pre-taxes (equal to the 3 federal stimulus checks. Workers ineligible for Tier 1 can qualify for this tier
Note: Recipients will pay 5% of the benefit in taxes.
When and how can I apply?
Stay tuned: Applications open some time in August, and we will be assisting those who need it in applying for funds! In the meantime, it is important that you start preparing your documents! Click here to see what is required to qualify for each level of the fund, and sign up for our email alerts to get updates when the fund opens.
Will the Department of Labor share my personal information with immigration enforcement agencies?
No. There are criminal penalties for disclosing your information to immigration enforcement authorities. Your documents will only be used for determining eligibility and will not be shared with anyone outside of the application process, unless to comply with a judicial warrant or court order. Application forms will not include your identity documents, any information about immigration status, or anything regarding ineligibility for a Social Security Number.