People who are out of work as a direct result of the tornadoes that ravaged Illinois last month might be able to tap federal disaster unemployment assistance, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Tuesday.
The disaster unemployment assistance is available now that President Barack Obama has declared 15 impacted Illinois counties federal disaster areas. Those counties include Champaign, Douglas, Fayette,
Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermillion, Wabash,
Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford.
November 17, two huge tornadoes killed at least seven people and
injured many others. According to IDES, the storms, including a total of 24 reported tornadoes, damaged at least
2,441 homes and cut off power to thousands of people. Washington County took
the biggest hit.
People can receive the jobless aid as long as
their unemployment continues to be a result of last month's extreme
weather. According to the agency, eligibility for benefits will be
determined on a week-to-week basis. People can qualify to receive
benefits up to 27 weeks.
Due to the federal disaster
declaration, those hit by the storms may also be able to access
temporary housing, grants or loans to help them rebuild their lives.
Click through for more information and details on how to apply.