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Sanitation Workers Support Fund FAQ

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Frequently asked questions about the Sanitation Workers Support Fund are answered below. Please send any additional questions to covid19fund@swana.org.

  • Who qualifies for the Sanitation Workers Support Fund?

    Solid waste and recycling collection workers who is/was employed and resides/resided in the United States, its territories, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or Canada who meets at least one of the following criteria:

    1. Tested positive for COVID-19 with a demonstrated COVID-19-related inability to work and/or medical bills. Someone who tested positive during their employment as a collection worker, recovered, and later returned to work is still eligible to participate in the Fund.
    2. As a result of COVID-19, was laid off after March 1, 2020.  (Any such worker who was subsequently re-hired or obtained another job is ineligible to participate in the Fund.)
    3. An immediate family member (spouse or minor child) of a sanitation worker whose death was caused, whether directly, or in combination with other health conditions, by COVID-19. For each such worker, only one family member may apply to the Fund.

    All qualified sanitation workers are encouraged to apply to the fund.  SWANA membership is not required to apply to the fund.

  • I was laid off as a sanitation worker due to COVID19, but I have since got another job. Am I still eligible?

    No, if you are currently employed you are not eligible to apply to the fund.
  • How much money will eligible selected applicants receive?

    Individuals directly impacted by COVID-19 by testing positive for the virus or losing their job due to the virus and are currently unemployed can receive US $500. Immediate family members (spouse or minor children) impacted by the death of an individual solid waste and recycling collection worker due to COVID-19 can receive US $2,500.

  • What types of supporting documents are needed to prove qualification?

    If you've tested positive for COVID19, please submit one of the following:

    Lab results or written statement from a doctor or other health care professional, preferably on letterhead, or

    If you must email your results or statement, include name, practice, and contact information

    If you were laid off due to COVID19, please submit one of the following:

    Written statement from former employer on employer’s letterhead, or

    State unemployment fund documents

    If you are the spouse of a passed away from COVID19, please submit:

    One of the of the following documents as proof of marriage:

    • Marriage Certificate, or
    • Bill or other document with your name and your deceased spouse's name on it

      AND

    One of the following documents as proof of death:

    • Death Certificate, or
    • Death Notice, or
    • Obituary, or
    • Written statement from employer

    If you are applying for benefits on behalf of a minor child of a worker who passed away from COVID19, please submit:

    • The child's birth Certificate

      AND

    If the deceased is not named as the child's parent on the birth certificate, please submit one of the following documents as proof of guardianship:

    • Adoption papers naming the deceased worker, or
    • Legal guardianship paper naming the deceased worker

      AND

    One of the following documents as proof of death:

    • Death Certificate, or
    • Death Notice, or
    • Obituary, or
    • Written statement from employer

    Acceptable file formats for these documents are JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XSLS (PDF and DOCX preferred).

  • How are recipients selected?

    Fund recipients will be accepted on a rolling basis, which means applicants will be reviewed and accepted in the order they are received. The fund is limited to $200,000. The sooner an application is submitted, the higher the chances of receiving a payment from the fund. There will be a limit on the number of applications approved from any specific state, province, or country to ensure distribution is made in an equitable manner across different locations, which SWANA will determine in its sole discretion.

  • When will I receive a response to my application?

    Since applications are accepted on a rolling basis, you will be contacted after your application has been reviewed and processed. This process should take about two to four weeks.

  • When are applications due?

    By May 31, 2020.  Applications will be reviewed and processed on a rolling basis until the fund is depleted, which means that some applications received before the May 31, 2020 due date may not be selected. The sooner an application is submitted, the higher the chances of being selected.

  • Why do I need to include my employer’s contact information?

    SWANA may contact employers to confirm employee qualification.

  • What do I need to apply?

    To apply, provide contact information for your employer as well as the applicant’s address, position at a company or municipal agency (e.g., driver, helper) and documentation demonstrating you qualify through the online application.  

  • Does this fund only apply to those who have coronavirus now or can it include those who have recovered?

    If you are a sanitation worker who has tested positive for COVID-19, then you qualify to apply for this fund.