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Workers stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 6, when more workers also marched across the Manhattan Bridge to draw attention to the plight of undocumented and other workers excluded from government benefits during the pandemic. Credit: Jose A. Alvarado Jr. for The New York Times

Undocumented and other workers excluded from state unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic can now receive cash relief — if they apply before the $2.1 billion fund runs out.

Money in the Excluded Workers Fund, conceived in April by New York state lawmakers, is now available to eligible state residents. The money is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with one-time payments of up to $15,600 available, according to the Department of Labor. 

Current residents who lived in the state before March 27, 2020, and did not receive other forms of government unemployment or income relief are eligible to apply, according to the department.

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.