I’ve lost my job, rental home, car & desperately need my back benefits, I call unemployment twice a week

Q) I was a server at a restaurant when covid pandemic started. My employer was forced to close due to state/ nationwide pandemic curfew. That was in March, I’m told my unemployment will be backdated & I will receive $. I recently in the beginning of October, I hd to switch to pua & the connect system is messed up. Now I haven’t been able to claim my benefits, so no money since beginning of October. I’ve lost my job, rental home, car & desperately need my back benefits as well as my current , I call unemployment twice a week at least to get information as to when the problem will be fixed. Im trying to support my family. When I call Im told they are aware of the problem, its not just me & I don’t need to call, they are working on it. Who can help then?? Apparently I don’t qualify for the cares act assistance that was just advertised in Sarasota county to help with back bills. I’ve already lost everything & no help to move into a place or get another car!!! I’m frustrated, who can help my family?

A) I’m really sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re facing and the challenges your family is going through. I understand that this situation is incredibly frustrating and stressful. While I can’t directly provide assistance, I can offer some suggestions on potential steps you can take to seek help:

  1. Reach out to local community resources: Contact local social service organizations, food banks, and charities in your area. They may be able to provide assistance with housing, food, and other basic necessities.
  2. Contact local government agencies: Reach out to your local government representatives, such as your city council or county commissioner. They may be able to direct you to resources or advocate on your behalf.
  3. Seek legal assistance: Consider contacting legal aid organizations or pro bono attorneys who may be able to provide guidance and assistance with your unemployment claim and any other legal issues you may be facing.
  4. Contact non-profit organizations: Look for non-profit organizations that specialize in assisting individuals and families in crisis. They may have programs or resources to provide support in your situation.
  5. Connect with support groups: Find support groups or online communities where you can connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges. They may be able to offer advice, share resources, or provide emotional support.
  6. Contact your local elected officials: Reach out to your local representatives in state government or members of Congress to make them aware of your situation. They may be able to assist or direct you to additional resources.
  7. Consider seeking employment assistance: Look for job placement agencies or career centers in your area that can help you find new job opportunities and provide guidance on re-entering the workforce.

Remember to keep documenting your attempts to resolve the issue with unemployment benefits and any communication you have with relevant agencies. Persistence and exploring multiple avenues of support may increase your chances of finding the assistance you need.

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