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Benefits for Low-Income Workers Impacted by COVID-19
877- 393-4697/ 311

The benefit “Excluded Worker Funds” are a one-time payment to workers with low income who lost income due to COVID and who are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) due to immigration status or other factors. Benefits are paid by a Visa prepaid card mailed to the address on the application.
Applicants must show that they:
— Lived in New York State before March 27, 2020, and continue to live in New York State
— Are not eligible for and did not receive unemployment insurance or any other COVID-19 income relief or other specified benefits from the state or federal government
— Earned less than $26,208 in the 12 months prior to April 2021 and
— Lost at least 50% of weekly work-related earnings or household income at any point in time between February 23, 2020 and April 1, 2021 due to total or partial unemployment, or inability or unavailability to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic or, became responsible for a majority of their household income due to death or disability of the head of household.
How to Apply
— Visit for a full list of trusted organizations in NYC or call 877-EWF-4NYS (877- 393-4697) to speak with an agent and find a location near you.
— Find what to include in your application visiting
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Updated on September 21, 2021