Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announces $63M for unemployment relief

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 15:46:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An additional $63 million in relief funding is on the way for Kansans who lost their job during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly.

"I appreciate the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its quick response to my administration’s application," Kelly said Tuesday, "and for making these funds available to those who need them throughout our state and nation. We will work to distribute these dollars as quickly and efficiently as possible to keep Kansas families in their homes and food on their tables."

The money will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's lost wages assistance program, but has restrictions.

Only people who receive at least $100 dollars per week for unemployment will qualify to receive the additional assistance.

The Kansas Department of Labor estimated that those who claim the assistance should not expect to receive payments any sooner than late September.

In order to receive the money, "a claimant must self-certify her or his unemployment or partial unemployment is due to disruptions caused by COVID-19."

The assistance will last until FEMA ends the program.