As a result of February’s winter storm, the Texas Workforce Commission will accept applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). On February 19th, Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4586-DR) states that individuals who lost their jobs or were self-employed but were unable to work due to winter storm damage may be eligible for DUA benefits. DUA applications must be submitted by March 26, 2021. Please visit the state’s website for more information about DUA benefits: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/disaster-unemployment-assistance.
Who Can File for DUA Benefits?
Individuals affected by the winter storm in the following counties can apply for DUA benefits: Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Cherokee, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, DeWitt, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fannin, Fort Bend, Freestone, Galveston, Gillespie, Gonzales, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Hunt, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Johnson, Jones, Kaufman, Kendall, Lavaca, Liberty, Limestone, Lubbock, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McLennan, Medina, Milam, Montague, Montgomery, Navarro, Nacogdoches, Nueces, Orange, Palo Pinto, Panola, Parker, Polk, Rusk, Rockwall, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Scurry, Shelby, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Taylor, Tom Green, Travis, Tyler, Upshur, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, Wise, and Wood. Please review FEMA’s website for a detailed map of affected counties: https://gis.fema.gov/maps/dec_4586.pdf. Individuals can file for benefits by calling a state Tele-Center between 7am and 7pm daily at 800-939-6631 or by accessing the state’s website: https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-contact-information-claimants.
On their applications, individuals should advise that they are filing because damage related to the winter storm.
DUA benefits are available to individuals who: