Excluded workers fund

DIASPORA COMMUNITY SERVICES IS HERE TO HELP YOU!

WHAT IS EWF?

Diaspora Community Services, in partnership with the NYS Department of Labor (DOL), is providing the most critical, life sustaining support services to workers, who suffered income loss due to COVID-19 and who are ineligible for federal relief programs, including unemployment insurance and federal COVID-related relief benefits. As a trusted messenger and community ally, we produce EWF outreach efforts to spread the word, offer financial literacy support and a range of vital individual and family services and transportation and COVID-19 supplies incentives for all, who are able to reach our offices and meet with one of our EWF Resource Specialists. 

Please keep in mind that the Excluded Workers Fund is no longer accepting new applications, as all funds have been allocated!

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WHO IS AN EXCLUDED WORKER?

An excluded worker is someone who is ineligible for state unemployment benefits or federal COVID-related relief funds. Do all of the following apply to you?

  • Live in New York State now

  • Have lived in New York State since before March 27, 2020

  • Worked at least 15 hours per week prior to April 3, 2020

  • Have at some point between February 23, 2020 and April 1, 2021 lost 50% or more of your wages or income because of: 

    • COVID-related unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work OR

    • COVID-related death or disability of a breadwinner or major household source of income

  • Be ineligible for Unemployment Insurance or federal COVID-related income relief AND

  • Have earned $26,208 (gross) or less between April 19, 2020 and April 19, 2021