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Thousands of applications still pending in Cash Assistance Program

Lt. Gov. Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than half a million dollars has been paid out to private sector employees and businesses impacted when Code Red was activated after the first community spread of COVID-19 was confirmed, under the Governor’s Cash Assistance Program (CAP), which covers the period from Feb. 22 to Apr. 18. There are also 2,630 applications still pending.

Acting Governor Talauega Eleasalo Ale, shared the brief summary update of the two programs, at last Thursday’s COVI-19 Task Force virtual news conference, saying that a final report is being tallied with the total numbers to be included in a mid-year report to be issued some time this month.

While the deadline to apply was June 1, Talauega said, “we are still working to process applications that were made. So I would like to ask the community, if you have filed an application for this benefit, make sure you respond when contacted by the Department of Human Resources to make sure that we finalize the payments to you.

When the governor announced the program in April, he explained that the impacted workers be will provided up to $240 per week for qualified workers for the period that they were furloughed due to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration on Feb. 22, according to the news release at the time.

Details in Monday's issue.