I have been out of work since 12/07/2023 now i try to claim my benefits and it will not let me .I did get a waiver after the pandemic and i don’t know what to do.I have started getting food stamp so i have to stay at home now and take care of him.how can i collect my benefits know?

A) Unfortunately, federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs ended in September 2021. However, there might be regular state unemployment benefits you can still claim depending on your situation. Here’s how to find out:

  1. Check your state’s unemployment website: Each state administers its unemployment program. Search for “[your state] unemployment benefits” to find the official website. There you’ll find information on eligibility, filing a claim, and required documentation.
  2. Contact your state’s unemployment office: They can answer questions about your specific situation and guide you through the filing process. The phone number should be available on the state unemployment website.

Here’s some additional information to consider:

  • Waiver after pandemic: It’s unclear what type of waiver you received. If it was related to a requirement during the PUA program, it likely won’t affect your eligibility for regular state benefits.
  • Food stamps: Receiving food stamps generally doesn’t disqualify you from unemployment benefits. However, some states might have work search requirements while receiving benefits. Be sure to check your state’s specific rules.

While collecting benefits might not be possible through the PUA program anymore, hopefully, regular state unemployment benefits can offer some financial support during this time.

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