Who wants to be a zero-aire?
October 11, 2011 5:34 AM Subscribe
I'm unemployed in Texas. I've officially run out of money. What should I do now?
posted by anonymous to work & money (30 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
I have been out of work for a year now, actively seeking employment for nine months. I am still unemployed (despite having an advanced degree, but no grumbling in this post, I promise). I had enough money saved back that I have sustained myself through careful budgeting, but now the money has run out. My question is what, if anything, can I do now?
The inevitable result seems to be that I will become homeless following the first of November due to nonpayment of rent. No other places to go, I'm afraid! I appear to qualify for temporary nutrition benefits, so food will apparently not be a problem, but that does not help with a roof over my head or electricity.
I can already hear the ""go work at McDonald's", but I have already put in my application there twice. There and every other location within fifty miles in which I can physically perform the labor. I am no work snob; the only work I haven't sought is trucking, and only then because I have certain obligations that would not allow me to travel very far. For whatever reason, I am long-term unemployable. Also, selling my things won't work because the only thing of any value I own is this laptop on which I type and my old junker car, both of which are kind of necessary.
How to bootstrap myself out of my overall work situation isn't what I'm asking in any case; I'm seeking out the wisdom of the Hive Mind in how to keep myself alive and housed. It appears that I don't qualify for unemployment benefits (must have had wages in three of the last four calendar quarters), but maybe there is some other program for folks in my situation? Perhaps a Texas charity I can hit up?
Thanks in advance!