Help for the unemployed till they pass the bill
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To All: This is a summary of what has been said up to 9-29-09.
1. Call,email,fax,twitter,mail all Governors, Senators and the President.
2. Write letters to local newspaper regarding the need for unemployment support.
3. Possible ideas if Senators and the President refuses to listen to us such as one term limit, etc.
Updated news: Latest news, the week of September 28th:
9/29/09 3:30PM - No definite date yet for a vote, but latest posts on OC and "insider info" and notices on CSPAN seem to indicate Senate will vote on this bill sometime this week, with some sources saying most likely Wednesday or Thursday.
The current bill is EUC and not retroactive. It starts after the bill is signed
You qualify if you have exhausted all EUC and EB benefits.
Summary for general support for the unemployed: (specific support for each state is listed below)
(Some may be out of funds).
Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/www_sa.nsf
Faith based stimulus package
Angel Food Ministries http://www.angelfoodministries.com/
Check in your individual states if you're a renter (or will soon be!) for the "Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing" program. These ARRA funds are apparently just now (September) trickling out to the states and may be used up pretty quickly. Looks like only the hardest hit counties, in Florida for example, are giving out the rent money, but it's $300 million going out nationwide:
Credit goes to Hope in cali!!
Helpful unemployment support specific to each State:
Unemployment office - http://www.edd.ca.gov/default.htm
Training while collecting unemployment - http://www.edd.ca.gov/UIBDG/Able_and_Available_-_Table_of_Contents.htm
Main page: http://www.floridajobs.org/index.htmlApply for new benefits and online claims links: http://www.floridajobs.org/unemployment/uc_emp_claims.html
Volunteer forum created for the unemployed, especially for those on EB, but now tackles any questions about Florida unemployment:
http://unemployed-florida.topdiscussion.com/login.forum (This forum also has threads for employment networking, training, help from agencies and organizations, and other issues.)
For people in MA, here is a link to a page at the Massachusetts Unemployment site that lists available resources for people who have exhausted their benefits.
Michigan Talent Bank/Job Search:
Michigan Bridges: Food Assistance/Food Stamps