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For the latest in news on bills that would extend unemployment benefits, see the OpenCongress blog archive on that topic.
See the wiki article on past unemployment benefit votes.
On July 20, 2010, the Senate voted to move forward with a substitute amendment that reduced the bill to just 13 pages (down from 426 pages). The new version's only substantial provision is an extension of unemployment insurance for people who have been out of work for 6 months or longer. The filing deadline for unemployment insurance benfits expired on June 2; the bill would extend that deadline until November 30, 2010, allowing people who exhaust their current tier of benefits, or who have exhausted their most recent tier since June 2nd, to file to move into the next tier of benefits. The bill provides for benefits to be paid back retroactively for people who have seen their payments cut off since the filing deadline expired on June 2.
Additionally, there are three revenue-raiser provisions in the bill (changes to the Travel Promotion Act, cracking down on tax fraud committed by prisoners, and recessions from the Defense Department budget), which are estimated to raise $146 million over the next ten years.
SA2668 and HR3548
This was posted by NoGoodOnesLeft (NGOL) recently. It's a good shorthand version of what to expect if this amendment SA2668 and bill HR3548 pass as now written:
NEW TIERS OF EUC:
Tier 2 - 14 weeks for everyone.
Tier 3 - 13 weeks for at or over 6.5% 3 month average.
Tier 4 - 6 weeks for at or over 8.5% 3 month average.
They added Limitation rules so if your state already got Tier 2 - you will get the one extra week from the new Tier 2 and then will trigger on to Tier 3 for 13 weeks and if your state is at or over 8.5% average, then trigger on to Tier 4 for 6 more weeks.
If your state hasn't got the old Tier 2 of 13 weeks yet - you will get the 14 weeks and if your state goes to or over 6.5% average you will trigger on to Tier 3 for 13 more weeks and then if your state goes to or over 8.5% average trigger on to Tier 4 for 6 more weeks.
Bottom line for individuals who have exhausted their benefits in a state under 8.5%: 14 weeks
Bottom line for individuals who have exhausted their benefits in a state over 8.5%: 14 weeks + 6 weeks
Select a state to see information for your area
Please note: While editing this main page of the Benefit Wiki is restricted, individual state sections are editable by any member of Open Congress. If you don't see the "Edit" buttons when you go there, just log in at the top a second time with your regular login and you will be able to edit or add information there, using an email-like editing interface. Feel free to add any new information that will help the unemployed, but please, no commentary, these areas are for non-partisan resources only.
- Call, email, fax, twitter, mail all governors, Senators and the President.
- Keep up with NELP.org petition drives--see www.nelp.org, and their site for the unemployed: UnemployedWorkers.org
- White House Contact Info
- Write letters to local newspaper regarding the need for unemployment support. (One resource to use for creating letters online that can be sent to newspapers and periodicals is Publishaletter.com.)
- Join a local "Cube" of the Unemployed Workers Union: Union of Unemployed.com Power in numbers!
[Note: This list of support links was started by Hope in Cali in an OC article titled "Help for the Unemployed till they pass the Bill." It has since been expanded here on the Benefit Wiki to reach more people and be accessible to all forums through the main Wiki link.]
General support for the unemployed
(Some organizations may be out of funds, or awaiting funds.)
- Salvation Army
- Google These Suggestions:
- "Faith based stimulus package"
- "Community Action"
- Angel Food Ministries
- Charities and organizations that can help with paying bills.
- www.safelink.com Get a phone for free if you qualify.
- Worried about your electricity being cut off? Check what protections you might have in the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a state-by-state guide to disconnection policies: liheap.ncat.org/Disconnect/disconnect.htm
- Help Until The Unemployment Extension Passes A collection of links and news items to help the unemployed who have run out of resources.
- Credit problems or getting hassled? Check out these forums:
- Think it's hard enough finding work, and then you've got to step through the mine field of scam ads on top of that? Check out these forums:
- Free gas from the government??? This is a new program that apparently no one has heard of but is supposedly real. Check these sites for an explanation, and if you find out more, please give us your feedback on the forums or in the state sections of this Wiki.
- This site from the National Council on Aging acts as a clearing house for links to several sources of aid: Benefits Checkup
- Stressed out from the job search, the constant worry, need help with keeping up your spirits and maybe some practical help on job leads or networking strategies? Many state employment agencies have started up support and networking groups, but an organization with a long history of helping groups get together is Meetup.com. Do a search on their site for "unemployed" to find groups in your area, or you can start your own. Meetup.com helps by transitioning online contacts into actual physical meetings by providing online resources to rate meeting places for your group, email and online notification of meetings, and other online resources to help in your organization.
- Have a specific need? You can post a request for help and get actual donations for compelling need at this site that is essentially a public charity resource on the Internet: Modest Needs
Housing and rental information
- 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. 
- Tenants Together
- For the more radical, but somewhat more risky approach, check out Take Back the Land
General Benefits Info
- Federal information on unemployment insurance
- Emergency Unemployment Compensation program
- State unemployment offices
- Trigger Reports for EUC and TUR
Here's what you can find on Benefit Wiki
- Information on regular unemployment benefits on a state-by-state basis
- Information on other available benefits and programs to help the unemployed get through this recession
- Tier 1 and Tier 2 Emergency Unemployment
- Updates on the latest legislation in Congress to extend or expand unemployment benefits
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