30 Jul Excluded Workers Fund
The Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) provides financial aid to New Yorkers who lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic and were left out of various federal relief programs, including unemployment and pandemic benefits.
Korean Community Services (KCS) has been selected by New York State to provide direct assistance to those who need help applying for the Excluded Workers Fund. If you need help applying for EWF, contact us. We are providing assistance in ENGLISH, KOREAN, SPANISH, and CHINESE.
Do I qualify for EWF benefits?
저도 EWF 혜택을 받을 수 있나요?
You are eligible for the EWF program if you:
- Lived in New York State before March 27, 2020, and continue to live in New York State;
- Are not eligible for and did not receive unemployment insurance or any other COVID-19 income relief or other specified benefits from the state or federal government;
- Earned less than $26,208 in the 12 months prior to April 2021; and
- Lost at least 50% of weekly work-related earnings or household income at any point in time between February 23, 2020 and April 1, 2021 due to total or partial unemployment, or inability or unavailability to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You may also be eligible if you became responsible for a majority of your household income due to death or disability of your head of household.
수급 자격 조건은 다음과 같습니다:
- 2020년 3월 27일 이전에 뉴욕 주에 거주했고 계속해서 뉴욕 주에 거주할 경우;
- 실업 보험, COVID-19 소득 구제 또는 주 또는 연방 정부의 기타 특정 혜택을 받을 자격이 없고 이와 같은혜택을 받지 않았을 경우;
- 2021년 4월 이전 12개월 동안 소득이 $26,208 미만인 경우; 및
- 다음과 같은 사유로 2020년 3월 27일부터 2021년 4월 1일까지의 기간 동안 소득 손실이 발생했을 경우: 실직, 부분 실직 또는 COVID-19 때문에 근로 불가.
귀하는 세대주가 사망했거나 장애인이 되어 귀하가 가구 소득의 대부분을 맡아야 할 경우에도 수급 자격이 될 수 있습니다.
How much is the EWF benefit?
EWF 혜택은 얼마인가요?
You may qualify for EWF benefits in one of two amounts, depending on the amount of work proof you are able to provide.
Tier 1: Up to $15,600 (minus taxes)
Tier 2: Up to $3,200 (minus taxes)
Approved applicants will receive a one-time payment on a Visa® prepaid card mailed to the address provided in their application. The card has ATM access and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted in the U.S. From the date of application, fund administrators
estimate that review and processing will take approximately six to eight weeks.
제공할 수 있는 근로 증명의 양에 따라 두 가지 금액 중 하나로 EWF 혜택을 받을 수 있습니다. 참고로, 1급과 2급 중 하나만 받을실 수 있습니다.
1급 – $15,600 (세후)
2급 – $3,200 (세후)
How to Apply
Visit the New York State Department of Labor website to apply: dol.ny.gov/excluded-workers-fund.
The application opens in August 2021. You may use a mobile device or computer to submit your application.
Applicants should begin collecting the following documents:
- proof of identity
- proof of residency
- work-related eligibility
Please note: Applicants can submit the same documents to prove identity and residency. At least one of the documents to prove identity and/or residency must include the applicant’s photo and one must include the applicant’s date of birth. All documents submitted must be:
- Certified by the issuing agency
- Unexpired (unless otherwise noted below)
- In English, or accompanied by a certified English language translation
- Not mutilated or damaged
- 신원을 증명하는 서류
- 뉴욕주에 거주하고 있다는 사실을 증명하는 서류
- 근무 기록에 대한 정보를 증명하는 서류
How do I prove my identity? / 제 신원을 어떻게 증명할 수 있나요?
Applicants must provide one or more of the following documents. Each document is assigned a point value and every applicant must establish 4 points or more. All requirements above must be met for approval.
- NYS Driver License (4 points)
- NYS Non-Driver ID Card (4 points)
- U.S. Passport (4 points)
- IDNYC Card (4 points) – (Cards that expired in 2020 are valid until the end of 2021. Cards that expire in 2021 are valid during the one-year renewal period following the expiration date.)
- Foreign-Issued Passport (3 points)
- NYS Learner Permit issued by NYS DMV (3 points)
- U.S. Military ID Card (3 points)
- Photo ID card issued by a local government in NYS, NYS government agency, or the federal government (3 points)
- Photo ID Card from a NYS Higher Education Institution (3 points)
- NYS In-Patient Photo ID Issued by Office of Mental Health (2 points)
- Expired U.S or Foreign-Issued Passport (expired by not more than two years) (2 points)
- Expired Foreign-Issued Driver License (expired by not more than two years) (2 points)
- Documents issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) or Notice of Action (I-797; I-797A; I-797D) (2 points)
- U.S. Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
- Assignment Letter (2 points)
- Marriage Certificate (1 point)
- Divorce Judgement (1 point)
- NYC Parks and Recreation Membership Card (1 point)
- Birth Certificate Issued by a Foreign Country (1 point)
- Foreign-Issued Photo ID Card (1 point)
- Diploma or Transcript from a U.S. high school, college, or university (1 point)
- Non-Photo ID card issued by a local government in NYS, NYS government agency, or the federal government (1 point)
- Employer Photo ID Card (1 point)
- Photo identification card issued by a charitable organization registered with the Charities Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General relating to eligibility for services or participation in the programs, issued in the ordinary course and for which eligibility was established prior to April 19, 2021 (1 point)
- Written Employment Offer, Pay Stubs, or Notice of Pay from an employer (1 point)
How do I prove my New York State residency?
제가 뉴욕주에 거주하는 것을 어떻게 증명할 수 있나요?
Applicants must provide one or more of the following documents, each showing their name and address within New York State. Document(s) must establish proof of residency prior to March 27, 2020 as well as current residency. Applicants may have to submit multiple documents to meet this requirement. Except for the first five documents listed below, documents establishing proof of current residency must be dated no earlier than 30 days prior to April 19, 2021. All requirements above must be met.
- NYS Driver License (May have been issued more than 30 days prior to April 19, 2021 to establish current residency)
- NYS Non-Driver ID Card (May have been issued more than 30 days prior to April 19, 2021 to establish current residency)
- IDNYC Card (May have been issued more than 30 days prior to April 19, 2021 to establish current residency. Cards that expired in 2020 are valid until the end of 2021. Cards that expire in 2021 are valid during the one-year renewal period following the expiration date.)
- NYS Learner Permit issued by NYS DMV (May have been issued more than 30 days prior to April 19, 2021 to establish current residency)
- State or federal tax filing or return, with proof of filing, including e-filing acknowledgements from DTF or IRS (May have been issued more than 30 days prior to April 19, 2021 to establish current residency)
- Utility Bill (e.g. electric, gas, internet, cable, water, trash/recycling)
- Bank or Credit Card Statement
- Letter from NYC Housing Authority addressed to applicant
- Letter addressed to the applicant from a homeless shelter indicating the applicant currently resides at the homeless shelter
- Current Lease Agreement, Mortgage Payment, or Property Tax Statement
- Letter addressed to the applicant from a non-profit organization or religious institution that provides services to homeless individuals
- Pay Stub
- Employment offer or notice of pay that shows an employer provided housing located in NYS, including seasonal housing
- Statement, bill, or record from a health institution or insurance company
- Jury Summons, Court Order, or other document from a court within NYS
- Letter from a domestic violence (DV) residential care program or organization that serves DV survivors
- Letter from a charitable organization registered with NYS Attorney General that provided services to the applicant in the ordinary course and for which eligibility was established prior to April 19, 2021, attesting to the applicant’s NYS residency
- Document addressed to the applicant by a local government in NYS, NYS government agency, or the federal government
How do I prove my work eligibility?
근로 이력을 어떻게 증명할 수 있나요?
Applicants may qualify for EWF benefits in one of two amounts, depending on the information and documents provided below. Each document has a point value.
- To qualify for the Tier 1 amount of $15,600 (minus taxes), applicants need to establish a minimum of 5 points.
- To qualify for the Tier 2 amount of $3,200 (minus taxes), applicants need to establish a minimum of 3 points.
Applicants who do not provide one of the 5-point documents below must submit at least one of the 3-point documents to be considered eligible for Tier 1. For example, five 1-point documents cannot be combined for Tier 1. NOTE: Each applicant is eligible for only one benefit payment.
- Proof of filing New York State taxes, which must include (A) proof of filing a New York State tax return for either tax years 2018, 2019, or 2020 with the Department of Taxation and Finance through submission of an electronic confirmation of e-filing, Department of Taxation and Finance issued “TF assignment letter”, or a bank statement reflecting payments to or from the Department of Taxation and Finance; AND (B) proof of a valid United States individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) OR a W-7 application for an ITIN with proof of submission or
filing (5 points)
- Minimum of 6 weeks of pay stubs in the 6-month period prior to the date the applicant certifies the applicant became eligible for benefits (5 points)
- Minimum of 6 weeks of wage statements from the 6-month period prior to the date the applicant certifies the applicant became eligible for benefits (5 points)
- IRS W-2 or 1099 from tax year 2019 or 2020 showing wages or income (5 points)
- Wage Notice from employer documenting employment for a period of time within 6 months prior to the date the applicant certifies the applicant became eligible for benefits (5 points)
- Letter from an employer showing applicant’s dates of work and the reason for loss of income (i.e. pandemic related) that includes: (A) employer’s mailing address and address of the site within NYS where applicant worked AND (B) either the employer’s NYS Unemployment Insurance account number OR Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN) OR contact information (including phone number) of an employer representative who can verify the contents of the letter (5 points)
- Complaint filed with and acknowledged by a local, state, or federal agency or court regarding wages owed for work performed in NYS for a period greater than 6 weeks in the 6-month period prior to the date the applicant certifies the applicant became eligible for benefits (3 points)
- Record of regular direct deposits, deposits, or transfers from an employer (3 points)
- Employer Issued ID Card (1 point)
- Written communication relating to delivery order sheets, work invoices, sales receipts, or instructions from employers (1 point)
- Written communication, including texts or social media messages or posts, between the applicant and an employer or hiring party showing a work relationship (1 point)
- Record of regular cashing of paychecks or transfer of funds from income or earnings (1 point)
- Documents issued to the applicant by the applicant’s employer showing the employer’s mailing address, NYS Unemployment Insurance Account Number or Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN), and contact information of an employer representative (including phone number) (1 point)
- Receipts or records showing a consecutive pattern of commuting to and from a work location, such as toll records, parking receipts, or public transportation records (1 point)
- Letter from a charitable organization registered with the NYS Attorney General confirming the applicant’s work history, based on direct knowledge that the applicant worked for the required duration, acquired in the course of conducting intake, interviews, or other standard processes related to direct job-related services to the applicant prior to April 19, 2021 (1 point)
NOTE: Applicants must establish that they worked and received compensation for at least 15 hours per week for a period of greater than 6 weeks in the 6-month period prior to the date they certify that they became eligible for benefits. Applicants must also be at least 18
years of age at the time of application.
For applicants filing due to the death or disability of the head of household, information and documents provided for proof of work eligibility must reflect the work history of the former head of household. Identity and residency documents, however, should still be that
of the applicant. Additionally, applicants must provide:
- Death certificate of the former head of household, including the date of death; or
- Proof of disability of the former head of household, including the date and nature of the disability. For a full list of acceptable documents, see part 704.2, section (e) of the regulations, located at dol.ny.gov/ewfregs.
“Head of household” is defined as a member of your household who contributed at least 50% of the financial support to your household and was at least 18 years old at the time of death or at the time of becoming disabled.