Unemployment can be one of the biggest financial challenges you face in your lifetime. The support of loved ones along with a little outside help can be crucial to keeping your head above water as you embark on a new job search.
If you are between jobs or struggling to meet your daily living expenses, check out the following list of organizations that offer consumer support and stepping stones.
- Career One Stop Centers – Operated by the U.S. Department of Labor, regional offices of Career One Stop provide resources and training programs to individuals facing serious barriers to employment.
- GovBenefits.gov – GovBenefits.gov is the official benefits website for the U.S. government. It contains information on more than 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.
- 2-1-1 – Spearheaded by the United Way and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems, 2-1-1 is a telephone number that connects consumers with community services in many parts of the country.
- Feeding America Food Bank Network – Feeding America is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization. Its 200+ member food banks and food-rescue organizations serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
- Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) – FNS offers resources and advice on good nutrition and food shopping. Information on food stamp services is also available.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – The CMS website offers detailed information on Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Plan).
- InsureKidsNow.gov – InsureKidsNow.gov provides information on free and low-cost health insurance for children up to age 18.
- Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) – The FHCE offers resources to help consumers find health insurance coverage.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – HUD’s website is a comprehensive resource for buying and selling homes, consumer rights and help for the homeless. It also provides a list of non-profit housing counseling agencies that can assist homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
- Find Law – Find Law provides an attorney search in addition to detailed information about legal issues like bankruptcy, family law and employment law.