Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment Assistance

It’s your worst nightmare. It’s been several weeks now in between jobs and you feel yourself slowly losing your mind.  With nearly 40 million people that applied for unemployment insurance in the last 10 weeks that’s telling that many people are out there hurting financially.  Trying to make ends meet.  People are wondering how they are going to keep food on the table, keep the lights on, and how they are going to make it through.  There are a lot of people who are scared right now. 

First you want to take a step back.  Give yourself a mental or physical break whether it’s meditation, journaling, listening to classical music, taking a bath or going for a long hike will give you the ability to think more clearly.

Make sure that your basic necessities are covered by prioritizing essentials like food, housing, and utilities.

Avoid beating yourself up. It’s easy to start blaming yourself when you’re unemployed. But it’s important to avoid putting yourself down.  You will become what you say, remember there is the power of death and life in your tongue.  You will need your self-confidence to remain intact as you’re looking for a new job. 

Challenge every negative thought that goes through your head. If you start to think, “I’m a loser,” write down evidence to the contrary: “I lost my job because of the pandemic, not because I was bad at my job.”

There are many employment and financial resources for individuals who have lost their jobs.

211:

Whether you’re concerned about health insurance, or you’re having difficulty paying your utility bill, 211 may be able to direct you to someone who can help. They specialize in locating helpful resources, and it’s free of charge.

State Government Websites:

Every state offers slightly different benefits and services, so it’s important to go to your state’s website. The website can help you locate financial assistance programs and an application for unemployment.

CareerOneStop:

This website explains unemployment benefits and can help you discover your eligibility.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

 

This bill, enacted in March 2020, explains unemployment benefits, paid sick leave rules, and food assistance benefits during the pandemic.

Small Business Administration (SBA):

Small businesses may apply for low-interest disaster loans, some of which may be forgiven. (Learn more here)

Feeding America:

The Feeding America website provides information on local food banks and how to access them during this crisis.

 

RESOURCE LINKS:

211: http://www.211.org/services/covid19 

State Government Websites: https://www.usa.gov/states-and-territories 

CareerOneStop: https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/UnemploymentBenefits/find-unemployment-benefits.aspx 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201 

Small Business Administration (SBA): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance 

Feeding America: https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/coronavirus

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