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Old 07-17-2010, 05:03 AM
 
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A woman I know has no close family and just went through her 93 weeks of unemployment insurance. She sent out hundreds of resumes, and applied in person at about every retail and fast food place in town. Nothing. She just can not find a job. She went through all her savings and now has nothing left. She can't pay her rent and has no credit left on our credit cards and owes thousands. She has about $36 dollars left in her bank account and has sold most of her things.

As a single woman with no kids, is she eligible for welfare, rent subsidies, food stamps, etc? She is able bodied but just can not find a job. She has no disabilities and is a white legal American. Again her family is dead. (Mom and Dad passed away and no siblings)

What should she do and what is societies role to help her?
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:12 AM
 
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A woman I know has no close family and just went through her 93 weeks of unemployment insurance. She sent out hundreds of resumes, and applied in person at about every retail and fast food place in town. Nothing. She just can not find a job. She went through all her savings and now has nothing left. She can't pay her rent and has no credit left on our credit cards and owes thousands. She has about $36 dollars left in her bank account and has sold most of her things.

As a single woman with no kids, is she eligible for welfare, rent subsidies, food stamps, etc? She is able bodied but just can not find a job. She has no disabilities and is a white legal American. Again her family is dead. (Mom and Dad passed away and no siblings)

What should she do and what is societies role to help her?
You're posting this in the wrong section. Repost it here:

//www.city-data.com/forum/unemployment/
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Unperson Everyman Land
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A woman I know has no close family and just went through her 93 weeks of unemployment insurance. She sent out hundreds of resumes, and applied in person at about every retail and fast food place in town. Nothing. She just can not find a job. She went through all her savings and now has nothing left. She can't pay her rent and has no credit left on our credit cards and owes thousands. She has about $36 dollars left in her bank account and has sold most of her things.

As a single woman with no kids, is she eligible for welfare, rent subsidies, food stamps, etc? She is able bodied but just can not find a job. She has no disabilities and is a white legal American. Again her family is dead. (Mom and Dad passed away and no siblings)

What should she do and what is societies role to help her?



Does she have a truck?
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Tell her to go personally visit every single restaurant in town, at around 4pm every day. Ask to see the manager. Tell the manager she would love to work in that restaurant. She'll have a job in a week, trust me. This works at hotels too. Both are ALWAYS looking for good, initiative-taking people. (Yes, even if she has no experience in hospitality. She'll get something based on her perseverance.)
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:24 AM
 
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She is in her fifties and overweight. And has applied at about every restaurant in town, no luck. They want hip young staff members.

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Tell her to go personally visit every single restaurant in town, at around 4pm every day. Ask to see the manager. Tell the manager she would love to work in that restaurant. She'll have a job in a week, trust me. This works at hotels too. Both are ALWAYS looking for good, initiative-taking people. (Yes, even if she has no experience in hospitality. She'll get something based on her perseverance.)
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:26 AM
 
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That board is full of people complaining about the government not paying for their extended unemployment benefits. I wrote this as a politics question. What to do with the long term unemployed who just can not get a job in the worst market since the Great Depression.

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You're posting this in the wrong section. Repost it here:

//www.city-data.com/forum/unemployment/
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:34 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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A woman I know has no close family and just went through her 93 weeks of unemployment insurance. She sent out hundreds of resumes, and applied in person at about every retail and fast food place in town. Nothing. She just can not find a job. She went through all her savings and now has nothing left. She can't pay her rent and has no credit left on our credit cards and owes thousands. She has about $36 dollars left in her bank account and has sold most of her things.

As a single woman with no kids, is she eligible for welfare, rent subsidies, food stamps, etc? She is able bodied but just can not find a job. She has no disabilities and is a white legal American. Again her family is dead. (Mom and Dad passed away and no siblings)

What should she do and what is societies role to help her?
An extension of unemployment benefits is expected to be passed next Tuesday, over the Republican filibuster, when the new Senator from West Virginia is sworn in. Until then she could do worse then going to all the temp agencies in her area as many of them still have jobs albeit low paying temporary ones. As for food stamps, etc... The rules vary from state to state and even county to county but here in San Diego a single person can make up to a gross of $1100 per month and qualify for ~$200 in food stamps per month. That's pretty much starvation but it's better then nothing if she really is out of UI.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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She is in her fifties and overweight. And has applied at about every restaurant in town, no luck. They want hip young staff members.
She would be an excellent front desk person for a hotel then. They want people with a good personality, a strong work ethic (hopefully she has both of these or else good luck getting a job anywhere...) and initiative. I am a firm believer in this. I've gotten every single job I've ever had by knocking on doors. It works.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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First, she should contact her local social services to identify her options. It doesn't sound like she ever sought higher education or training if she's only qualified for the low-paying jobs that you've mentioned. As soon as she gets herself situated, that would be my next suggestion. Usually there are educational opportunities available to increase her long-term plans.

People, go to school, get training, stop relying on low-paying, low-skill jobs. They are not going to come back.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:54 AM
 
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Ok you say she has no family. Does she have any support system? Friends, former co-workers, neighbors, church, friends of her children?
It sounds unusual for a person to have no support system.
In her situation she may have to seek aid from a shelter, a woman's aid center. She can get food stamps etc.
Why don't you try to garner up some support for her?
That is one of the things wrong with society today, no one wants to help but thinks the governent should do it.
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