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Immediate Help

InvisibleK started this conversation

Thought I'd post this in case it helps anyone, it's nothing new - it's things I've seen around here on various pages, but I ran across it so thought it might help someone.

Immediate financial help is available for struggling families and those facing unexpected income loss, disability, disaster or other crisis. Most programs evaluate families to ensure that they qualify before offering assistance. In a financial downturn, more and more families look for financial help, but not all really need it. Here's how to get immediate financial help.

  1. Step 1

    Evaluate your situation and compare your monthly projected income to your necessary expenses of housing, food, transportation and basic clothing. If you don't have enough to pay for these basics, you will likely qualify for immediate financial help. If there is a large amount of income going to things like credit cards, debt payments or other categories, you will need to cut spending there and work with debtors to lower your payments.

  2. Step 2

    Contact your county or city human services. You can call 2-1-1 in most U.S. states to learn about immediate financial help options available to you.

  3. Step 3

    Look for local branches of the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and other national charity organizations to get immediate financial help to pay rent or mortgage, keep the lights on or buy food.

  4. Step 4

    Inquire at local charities for immediate financial help. Civic organizations in your community often have funds to help those in need, but the amount will usually be very small due to smaller budgets.

  5. Step 5

    Turn to churches and religious communities, especially those in wealthier areas, for immediate financial help.

  6. Step 6

    Research specialized organizations and charities. They have smaller budgets but more specific goals, such as helping families of AIDS children, disabled union workers, writers association members or families of firefighters. If you fit on their category, you have a good chance of getting the immediate financial help you need.

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    Mr. Beau   in reply to Anonymous
    You and I are on the same level of need and age. And also I have considered suicide. I have my fur kid with me and I believe if it wasn't for him I would have already commited the deed. You are not alone as far as age and finding work. I have looked and looked and no one seems to be hiring the older worker. Just know you are not alone. There are many of us walking the same walk and not sure where our next meal or residence maybe. I think we need to start a social network of those struggling where we can help each other not only in financial situations, but also in the emotional stress it causes. Don't give up ...
    Talk to Mr. Beau
    hopeless alone
    I have evaluated and reevaluated and I have come to the conclusion that there is no way I can continue without some assistance once I find a place to live within my range I will be able to handle everything and though I am retired I continue to search for employment which I have not found to this day. But for now I desperately need help to pay my rent and move before July 31 or I will be living on the streets as well as my grandchildren because I have no place to stay. If there is anyone that can help please do.
    Talk to hopeless alone
    hopelessly alone
    I have searched all possibilities and have not had any luck including those mentioned above. I am indesperate need of help, I am living on a very minimal income which is retirement due to an injury on my job which I was discharged from after the injury. I have struggled with living expenses since. I am now about to be evicted from where I live and have no place to go my landlady will not make arrangements with me to pay so that I can keep my section 8. I am 64 years old and have on place to go. and can not get a loan. Please help me.
    Talk to hopelessly alone
    I've looked high and low,churches,civic groups,the state ,county,city of,and zero help.I'll be evicted come the first of the month with two animals and absolutely no where to go.Suicide looks promissing.There are no jobs to be had here in Colorado Springs,Co.CBS news ran a story about unemployment in the U.S. and named Colorado Springs,Co. as the second worse place in america for employment.I have no money to pick up and go anywhere.I'm 59yrs old and that's the same as a death sentence.
    Talk to Anonymous
    we need quick financial help, temporially. husband works, i can not. but we are broke. no more than 20.00 in the bank. i can not find anywhere to help us, we dont qualify because of no children, not an immigrant and our income is abiut 23000. per year. right now we have vey little food, no money for gas so husband can get to work and behind in all of our financial obligations. no credit cards etc. in bankruptcy for two years is any one out there to help an ordinary citizen? i do not work because of psychological conditions. HELP, PLEASE.
    Talk to ravenmarie