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Fragile unemployed worker facing eviction, blaming Florida DEO

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Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are shown, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Surfside, Fla. The number of a Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 778,000, evidence that the U.S. economy and job market remain under strain as coronavirus cases surge and colder weather heighten the risks. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

West Palm Beach woman believes issue stems from problem she had 5 years ago.

The federal eviction moratorium ends this month and still so many people are struggling to get unemployment benefits and are currently in dire need of clarity on the issue.

“I think I’m stuck in the system,” said Janis Clark.

She said not only is her unemployment problem stuck, but she’s also running out of time.

Clark is facing eviction from her West Palm beach apartment and said Florida’s Department of Economic opportunity owes her about 6,600.

Clark is a Paralegal who has been out of work for a while, she kept all her record and believes the unemployment issue started with a repayment issue from 5 years ago with the DEO.

“I didn’t write them a check it says in the appeal order. Current weeks can be used to repay. They call it recoupment,” Clark said.

She said DEO recouped the money by taking it out of her current benefits-totaling $3,300.But when it was all paid back, nothing happened and she was given the run around by DEO.

Clark never really received and concrete answers from DEO.

“DEO Rep say, Give us a month. Check your bank account. Nothing ever happened, “Clark said.

Clark believes that a clerical error was made and needs urgent attention to rectify the matter.

She also wonders how many other people have experienced the same issue and has been affected by the issue.

It’s a critical time for Clark as she faces eviction very soon, the eviction moratorium ends on July 31.