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Additional $53.4 Million In Federal Unemployment Dollars Heading To Hawai‘i

New Federal Money From CARES Act Follows $200 Million Announced Last Month, Will Provide Additional $300 A Week In Unemployment Assistance For Those Impacted By COVID-19

HONOLULU – The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced it has approved an additional $53,368,466 grant to Hawai‘i to provide those unemployed due to COVID-19 with an additional $300 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit. The new funding follows nearly $200 million in funding announced last month.

“While this new funding will provide some immediate help, it’s not enough for Hawai‘i families who are struggling to make ends meet,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “We’ll continue working to secure more federal funding to help Hawai‘i get through this tough time.”

The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program is funded by FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, which received $45 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.