Charlotte Finance

Feb 14 2018

Other Resources for the Unemployed

Workforce Solutions Offices

Your Workforce Solutions office can help with job search and training opportunities.

We are committed to helping you succeed. Your Workforce Solutions offices offer a variety of services at no cost, such as:

  • Job search help
  • Current information about your local labor market
  • Job fairs
  • Seminars to help you maximize your job search efforts, create an effective résumé and hone your job interview skills
  • Information on job training programs
  • Information on transportation or child care assistance
  • Use of computers and fax machines

2-1-1 Texas

You can get information online or by phone about assistance from both government and private agencies by visiting 211Texas or dialing 2-1-1.

Contact 2-1-1 for help with:

  • Utilities
  • Rent
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Child care
  • Child support
  • Finding work
  • Education or training
  • Other benefits

Mortgage Assistance

If you need help paying your mortgage, the Making Home Affordable (MHA ) Program and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA ) refinance programs may help you remain in your home and avoid foreclosure.

The MHA program offers temporary assistance for eligible unemployed homeowners during the search for re-employment. Visit the program web site, for more information including eligibility requirements.

Some mortgage loans may qualify for restructuring and refinancing into FHA loans under certain circumstances. Find more information at .

Health Insurance Employee Benefit Plans

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA ), a division of the U.S. Department of Labor, provides assistance with pension, health and other employee benefit plans after job loss. You can find more information at Employee Benefits Security Administration or call 866-444-3272.

The Texas Department of Insurance offers information that can help you find health insurance coverage. Find more information at Texas Health Options or call 855-839-2427.

Tax Preparation Assistance

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA ) program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income individuals who need help completing their tax returns. Certified volunteers help prepare basic tax returns. VITA programs are located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations. To find the nearest VITA site, call 800-906-9887.

The IRS also offers Free File, a service to help all taxpayers prepare and file their return. Free File is available in English and Spanish. To learn more, visit .

Information about taxes due, allowable job-search expenses and other federal tax assistance is available on YouTube (IRSVideos ). Find more information on IRS assistance at .

Resources for Older Workers offers referrals on a wide variety of services for older workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor put together a list of employment Web sites for workers over age 50. You may want to add these sites to those you regularly check for job leads:

Learn to Manage the Financial Impact of a Job Loss

Possibility for Additional Benefits

If you received all of the regular benefits that you qualified to receive, then no further benefits are available to you. If extended benefits become available in the future, TWC notifies qualified individuals by mail. For current information, see Extended Unemployment Benefits in Texas .

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