To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have shut down operations, resulting in mass lay-offs. The following resources help displaced workers apply for Unemployment Insurance and other benefits.
Unemployment Insurance For Individuals
If your employer shuts down operations, lays off employees, or reduces hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Unemployment insurance is for individuals who are unemployed or working reduced hours due to no fault of their own; however, you must file a claim to confirm eligibility for benefits.
Learn more about unemployment insurance in Maryland with the following links from the Maryland Department of Labor.
- Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance
- Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 and Maryland Unemployment Insurance
- General Claimant FAQs
You must make a minimum of three valid job contacts per week (including during the COVID-19 outbreak) and submit weekly claims to maintain unemployment insurance benefits. Learn more about Maryland Workforce Exchange and entering Work Search Contacts on the Maryland Department of Labor’s website.
File a Claim Online
You can file for unemployment benefits through Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Initial Claim System using a NetClaims application. To be eligible for benefits, you must make a minimum of three (3) valid job contacts per week, unless you are exempt from work search.
You can contact a Claim Center from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm by calling 410-949-0022. Please note The Division of Unemployment Insurance is experiencing a high volume of calls resulting in longer than usual wait times. To report problems placing a call or accessing the website, email [email protected].
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Other Benefits & Services
There are multiple agencies and websites to help you identify which government benefits you may be eligible for, and how to apply for them.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
Search for and apply for benefits on myDHR. Benefits available through DHR include:
- Food Supplement Program (FS)/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)(formerly called Food Stamps)
- Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Note: As of March 16, 2020, TCA applicants and recipients impacted by COVID-19 may be provided with good cause for not completing assigned work requirements. This is effective as long as the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) directs Maryland schools to be closed unless otherwise stated.
- Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)
- Medical Assistance (MA)
- Medical Assistance Long Term Care (LTC)
- Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)
- Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
Call 2-1-1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit 211md.org to get connected with health and human services across Maryland, including:
Find information and eligibility requirements for government benefits and services through benefits.gov, the official benefits website of the U.S. Government. This online resource is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor with collaboration from multiple partner agencies.
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