The Guam Department of Labor is pouring through their lists to finalize all eligible recipients before the mega LWA payout slated for next week.
GDOL director David Dell’Isola says some 25,000 island residents are poised to receive the $300 payment for the 6-week period from July 26th-September 5th.
That would be around $1800 per eligible person for the full 6 weeks.
Dell’Isola says if all goes to plan, that additional top-up money should be processed next Tuesday just in time for the holidays!
While Guam hasn’t actually gotten out of its 25% cost-share portion yet, Dell’Isola said the Governor wanted to press ahead to get the much-needed cash to residents.
He says if the feds don’t wave that cost-share, Guam would be liable for about $10-to-$12 million dollars
“The risk involved with the LWA program is not small. First of all, we didn’t get a waiver yet. FEMA presented us with the option to get a Presidential waiver for our cost-share of 25%. The Governor wrote that letter back in October and to date, they still haven’t gotten Trump’s signature,” Dell’Isola said.
Dell’Isola says even with a change in administration, incoming President Joe Biden could still easily sign off on the waiver for Guam.
GDOL just processed a special PUA batch totaling $7.1 million dollars yesterday.
That covers clean claims through September 16th, ensuring as many people as possible get their LWA payouts.