PUA/PFC Program Manager
Rose Tuiasosopo

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

PPUA/FPUC PUA program provides temporary benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of Covid-19. Direct result means loss of employment or self-employment because of a reason directly related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. PURPOSE To provide information and guidance to the American Samoa workforce system regarding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) for individuals whose employment has been directly affected as a result of COVID-19. INTRODUCTION PUA and FPUC were established on March 27, 2020 when the President signed into law the CARES Act. Unemployed individuals affected by COVID-19 are provided relief assistance. The continued assistance for unemployed workers were extended when the President signed into law, the “Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act” or “Continued Assistance Act” On December 27, 2020. The American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARPA 2021) signed on March 11, 2021by the President increases the duration of PUA and FPUC benefits to September 4, 2021. PUA assists and supports individuals who are unable to sustain employment as a result of COVID-19.


Cash Assistance Programs

The cash assistance for impacted workers will urgently aid in the immediate needs of eligible workers that have been affected by furlough or reduced hours of employment. The program will provide up to $240.00 per week for qualified workers for the period that they were furloughed due to Public Health Declaration on February 22, 2022.

The cash assistance for impacted businesses will assist small to medium-sized businesses that, due to the Public Health Emergency Declaration, were required to close or reduce hours of operation resulting in a drop in revenue. The program will assist business-related costs like rents, utilities, shipping, and other eligible operational expenses up to $10,000 worth per business establishment.

The Department of Human Resources will administer the program and provide details for the application process, eligibility criteria, and the distribution plan.

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Please Submit Completed Application with Copy of Required Documents to:

Eligibility criteria and requirements:


  • Covid-19 Vaccination Card

  • Social Security Card

  • Immigration Card

Applicants who experienced pay cuts or furloughs from private sector employment from February 22-April 18, 2022, due to Code Red business restrictions.


  • Applicants who were unemployed or underemployed from February 22-April 18, 2022, due to Code Red business restrictions


  • Applicants who experienced a loss of income from February 22-April 18, 2022, due to Code Red restrictions


  • Applicants who experienced a reduction in work hours from February 22-April 18, 2022, due to Code Red restrictions

Proof to be obtained from applicants who meet the above criteria:


  1. Proof of residency may include the following:


  • Current Valid ID issued in American Samoa (e.g., Driver’s License or ID issued by ASG Office of Motor Vehicles)


  • Rental or lease agreement under applicant’s name with the signature of the owner/landlord


  • Home utility bill (water bill, power bill, cellular phone bill, etc.)

  • Medical or employee documents


  1. Proof of income, if any, may include the following


  • W2 form or tax return


  • Earnings statement on a payroll stub


  • Bank statement


  • 1099 form


  • Benefit award letter from SNAP or food stamp, TANF, WIC, or LIHEAP


  1. Signature or proof from employer to verify applicant worked for the business during the eligible time frame period as well as business is included as part of the prohibited business activity.


  1.  Proof of unemployment or underemployment within the time frame indicated above.


  1.  All applicants must provide proof that supports their impacted situation or condition is within the time frame or time period indicated above in the eligibility section.