Iowa’s application for Lost Wages Assistance funds approved by FEMA

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As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

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This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

Iowa’s application for Lost Wages Assistance funds approved by FEMA

Sat, 08/15/2020 – 16:16

Trump Administration approves critical payments for Iowans relying on unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has approved Iowa’s application to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance program. The program provides eligible claimants who are receiving unemployment with additional benefits, starting the week ending August 1, 2020.  The additional weekly payments were authorized by President Trump on Aug. 8, 2020 and are designed to provide support after Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program that in Iowa on July 25, 2020.  

“As we continue to navigate the impact of a global pandemic and historic storm, I am committed to ensuring that Iowans have access to all available resources at the state and federal level,” said Gov. Kim Reynolds. “Iowa was one of the first states in the country to apply and then receive these additional funds from FEMA. I applaud President Trump and his administration for working so quickly to grant this request. The president and his team are committed to helping Iowans at this critical time.” 

Iowa Workforce Development submitted the FEMA Application for additional federal funding on Aug. 13, 2020 and the application was one of the first three approved for funds on August 14th, 2020.  Iowans whose unemployment is the result of the pandemic, and who are eligible for at least $100 in benefits per week, will qualify for an additional $300 weekly benefits retroactive to the week ending August 1st. 

“While we are working every day to secure disaster assistance for this week’s storms, this extra $300 weekly benefit should help families looking to transition back to work or remain on unemployment due to medical or childcare issues,” Gov. Reynolds continued.

Iowa is the second state in the nation to receive FEMA’s approval of Lost Wages Assistance and it’s reflective of how engaged Iowa’s delegation is in working with the state of Iowa in Washington, D.C. 

“Because of Gov. Reynolds’ swift action, unemployed Iowans will soon see additional relief. I commend the Trump administration for quickly approving Iowa’s application. Despite Democrats’ blocking an extension of federal unemployment benefits and their refusal to negotiate in good faith, Republicans are delivering for the American people. Sen. Ernst and I will continue encouraging our Democratic colleagues to join us at the negotiating table so Iowans and Americans across the country can have the certainty they need as the economy continues to recover. I’m confident that under Gov. Reynolds’ leadership, Iowa Workforce Development will continue to work tirelessly to provide help to Iowans who have not yet been able to return to work,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, author of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program in the CARES Act.

“Many Iowans have been laid off through no fault of their own during this pandemic,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “This additional benefit will help folks feed their families, pay for child care, or just make ends meet while they’re striving to safely return to work. I’m grateful to the governor and the administration for taking swift action to assist struggling Iowans. I will continue to help provide the support folks need to get through this pandemic, and the devastating storm this week, and get back on their feet.“

More information will be available about the Lost Wages Assistance program, eligibility requirements and application process as it becomes available at  

This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

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