Kansas to receive $63 million in FEMA unemployment funds, Kelly says

Kansas is set to receive $63 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Laura Kelly’s office announced Tuesday.

The money will be available only to those receiving at least $100 in unemployment benefits, and the payments won’t be distributed any sooner than late September, the governor’s office said in a news release. People who claim the benefit will have to certify that they are unemployed or partially employed specifically because of problems caused by the coronavirus.

“We will work to distribute these dollars as quickly and efficiently as possible to keep Kansas families in their homes and food on their tables,” Kelly said in the release. “However, it is still critically important for Congress to create a coherent strategy and act on a long-term solution for those who have found themselves unable to work due to the pandemic’s impact on our economy.”

The payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1 and will remain in effect until FEMA ends the Lost Wages Assistance program.