WASHINGTON – FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor has approved West Virginia for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program in the amount of $68,269,946.
FEMA’s grant funding will allow West Virginia to provide $300 per week—on top of their regular unemployment benefit—to people unemployed due to COVID-19, according to a press release. FEMA will work with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to implement a system to make this funding available to West Virginia residents.
On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of West Virginia has agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19, the release states.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R–W.Va., released a statement on the announcement.
“Thank you to @realDonaldTrump for taking action to help support workers who have lost wages due to COVID-19. As Chair of Homeland Security Approps. subcmte., I have & will continue to monitor the resources within the Disaster Relief Fund, especially at critical times like this.”Sen. Capito