Important EDD Updates
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
If you are currently receiving EDD funds you should know that federal benefits expire at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Any pending payments involving these federal programs will be processed retroactively after the September 4 deadline if a claimant is later determined eligible. This applies to the following:
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA): The week ending September 4 is the last payable week for PUA benefits. The expiration of the federal benefits and federal funding eliminates the program for any claims arising from unemployment (or reduced wages) after that date. For 30 days after this expiration, the Department will continue to take new applications so long as the period of unemployment benefits sought is before September 4.
- Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC): The week ending September 4 is the last payable week of Pandemic Unemployment Emergency Compensation (PEUC). No regular state UI claimants will be eligible for this extension of benefits for weeks of full or partial unemployment ending after September 4.
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC): The week ending September 4 is the last week of unemployment for which the $300 federal supplement to state and federal unemployment benefits will be paid under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.
- Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC): The week ending September 4 is the last week of unemployment for which the $100 supplement will be paid to Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) The application deadline for this program is September 6.
For more information on the programs that are expiring, EDD has created a Federal Unemployment Benefits chart.
Full federal reimbursement for the Work Sharing Program also expires September 4. Federal funding to support reimbursement for employers who do not contribute to the State's Trust Fund will also expire on September 4.
California offers many benefit programs to aid people as federal benefits expire:
- Up to $234 per person per month in food assistance, whether you are working or not, through org.
- Rental assistance, including 100 percent of owed back rent and utilities, through com or at the Rent Relief Call Center: 1-833-430-2122.
- Cash aid and services for families with children through the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
- Health insurance (including vision and dental) for as low as $1 per month through Covered California, or for free through Medi-Cal.
- Up to $8,000 in tax credits through the California Earned Income Tax Credit and the Young Child Tax Credit, in addition to direct cash relief through the Golden State Stimulus through https://a51.asmdc.org/caleitc.
EDD also offers many services to assist people looking for safe and suitable work and or to get training. That includes the CalJOBS online labor exchange system, as well as the job search assistance, resume and interview preparation, and access to job training available through America's Job Center of California (AJCC) locations throughout the state. EDD has also provided new resources to help claimants find jobs and get job training at the Returning to Work webpage.
Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to make sure you were aware that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Previously, the FDA had granted emergency use authorization to the vaccine due to its strong safety profile, and the need to keep people healthy during the pandemic. This full approval confirms that the vaccine is safe and effective. You can get the vaccine for free, regardless of health insurance or immigration status, at your local pharmacy, community clinic, etc.
There is a COVID-19 vaccination site map on my website so everyone 12 and older in your household can get one. Please use this testing site map if you need to find a COVID-19 testing location for school, work, or any other reason.
My office’s top priority is ensuring that you have access to the support you need. Please email me or call 213 483 5151 if you need assistance accessing housing, healthcare, food, financial, or any other resources for your family or business.
Assemblywoman, 51st District