NY Fund for Excluded Workers Accepting Applications for Cash Help


The newly created Fund for Excluded Workers (FEW) is now accepting applications. The Fund is expected to provide $2.1 Billion in aid to immigrants who were economically harmed by the COVID Pandemic. Individuals may receive $3,200 or $15,600 cash assistance. A full FAQ about this program is available at the New York State Department of Labor. Here are the most common questions:

How do I apply?

The application process for workers seeking to receive funding from the EWF is now open.
Visit ewf.labor.ny.gov to apply. You may use a mobile device or computer to submit your application, which is available in 13 different languages. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Applications will not be accepted by mail.

If you need help applying, New York State is partnering with trusted community-based organizations to provide the help you need. Visit dol.ny.gov/CBOlist for a full list of trusted organizations or call 877-EWF-4NYS (877- 393-4697) to speak with an agent and find a location near you.

800-662-1220 TTY/TTD – English

877-662-4886 TTY/TTD – Español

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to receive benefits from the EWF program, applicants must show they:

  1. Lived in New York State before March 27, 2020, and continue to live in New York State;
  2. 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;
  3. Earned less than $26,208 in the 12 months prior to April 2021; and
  4. 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 or, became responsible for a majority of their household income due to death or disability of the head of household.

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