What to Do When Unemployment Benefits End

Posted on 11/05/2010

If Congress doesn’t act in the coming weeks, nearly two million Americans will reach the end of unemployment benefits next month, according to CNN. If unemployment benefits aren’t extended by the end of the month, 800,000 people will stop getting checks within four days, according to the National Employment Law Project. So what do you do if you your unemployment benefits end? Here are some places to turn.

Call 2-1-1 - This is the United Way hotline. Last year the call center took in more than 16.2 million calls from people needing resources. By calling 2-1-1 someone can help you find resources in your area for receiving assistance. Available assistance ranges from finding jobs to locating food pantries.

Reach Out to Seedco.org - Seedco.org is a non-profit organization that helps people who want to find financial stability and employment. They have offices in 17 states and could be a good option for those needing help with the job hunt.

Check out Angel Food Ministries - Keeping you and your family fed is one of the most important tasks. Check out Angel Food Ministries for access to affordable food. The program offers a box of both frozen and fresh food for $30. If purchased in a grocery store the same food would cost about $60. You don’t have to meet any certain qualifications to take part in Angel Food Ministries.

Post a Request to ModestNeeds.org - Complete an online grant application at ModestNeeds.org and get help with things like paying your mortgage or car repairs. Once your application is approved, the general public is invited to help fund your short-term emergency expense.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 11.05.10 at 10:09 AM

Here's an idea: get a job.

By extending benefits as long as we have we've simply drawn out the situation longer than required.


Posted on 11.05.10 at 2:07 PM

Wow LD, way to be a jerk about it. You sound like a real treat to be around.


Posted on 11.05.10 at 2:44 PM

Geez LD... I hope you are never in the situation that millions of people are facing. Thank you Bargainist for posting this. I have a friend who has been out of work for more than a year, his extension is about to run out, and can't find work anywhere.... this list will help him a lot!

Anzel Milini

Posted on 05.26.11 at 2:28 PM

I have recently ran out of my unemployment benefits in May of 2011. I had to relocate to another state, give my car back, and it is impossible to find a job. I have been seeking work since i was laid off in 2009 and have not been able to secure one yet. I have worked all my life now at age 40 I never thought I'd be in this situation. I have applied for food stamps and have been granted them but no cash assistance to pay rent or any other bills. I have prepared for the cut off and have paid rent and bills for 3 months. What happens in August I don't know.

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