As part of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, freelancers are eligible for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program.
So what does this mean? Eligible freelancers may be compensated up to $405/week through New York State’s Department of Labor.
Here is the quick summary of who may be eligible:
You must show lost income from the storm
You must live/work in the five boroughs or Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk, or Westchester County.
The only way to apply for this program is to call the NYS Department of Labor hotline at 888.209.8124. The deadline to apply is Monday, December 3rd 2012. The NYC Office of the Public Advocate, lead by Bill de Blasio, has created a helpful PDF resource – in this document you can find a summary of eligibility, required documentation, and other important information. (via Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance for Freelancers - Pages from Freelancers Union)