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'Micro Grants' Are Keeping Virginians Afloat While Waiting For Unemployment

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Vice
 12 days ago

Last month, Virginians who have gone months without receiving unemployment relief filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). According to a legal press release, the VEC is failing to respond to unemployed applicants for months at a time, leaving thousands of people unable to pay rent or feed their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Weeks after the lawsuit was filed, a District Court Judge ordered the VEC to resolve over 92,000 unprocessed claims by Labor Day as part of a settlement.

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