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New York’s Excluded Workers Fund, which is intended to provide much-needed relief to workers cut off from government unemployment benefits and stimulus checks during the pandemic, is now open.

Any workers — including undocumented immigrants — who weren’t eligible for unemployment benefits, can apply. The funds do not need to be paid back.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers in Albany created the historic $2.1 billion fund to assist undocumented and nontraditional workers as part of last-minute state budget negotiations in April. The state recently released the official regulations laying out what it will take to qualify.

Here’s the status of the fund, some tips for applying and resources to help New Yorkers access the cash.

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