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Federation for the Homeless Receives “Excluded Workers Fund” Grant

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August 30, 2021
Federation for the Homeless Receives “Excluded Workers Fund” Grant

The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless has announced they have received funding from the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) to implement the Excluded Workers Fund (EWF). The fund will provide financial relief for New Yorkers state-wide who have suffered income loss during the pandemic and were left out of the various federal relief programs, including unemployment and pandemic benefits.

According to Director & Program Administrator Kathy Kreiter, the Federation will provide direct assistance with EWF application submission and preparation of necessary documents. “This fund will provide a one-time payment to workers who have suffered income loss due to COVID-19, but who are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance or related federal benefits” Kreiter notes. Quoting the NYSDOL, Kreiter stated “The COVID 19 pandemic has created economic hardship on the residents of NYS that will have consequences for the foreseeable future. Without the economic stability provided by steady employment, many NYS residents have faced economic issues including an inability to meet the costs of some of the most basic of needs, such as housing and food.” Kreiter added “the EWF gives financial help to New Yorkers who lost income during the pandemic and could not get unemployment, pandemic, or other federal relief benefits.” Applications will be available starting in August 2021.

For more information and application assistance, please call Ruby, Federation EWF Case Manager at (845) 794-2604 or email

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