First Things First - Adapting to Sudden Loss of Income or Occupation


A  growing number of Oregon families have faced drastic changes in their incomes due to the economic downturn.  Educating yourself and understanding the resources available may help prevent costly long-term financial mistakes.  You can find a new sense of security and satisfaction in the process.  

Many companies provide services to assist employees who are being laid off.  Find out if your employer is offering assistance.

Oregon Employment resources and unemployment insurance:

Obtaining and/or continuing medical coverage:

Education, Retraining and the Dislocated Workers Program:

Other Community Connections:

  • Oregon Helps - A simple, interactive way to find out if you might be eligible for several programs that serve families and children. In English, Spanish, Russian, and  Vietnamese.
  • Housing Connections helps renters find affordable, accessible, and special needs housing in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark counties.
  • Oregon 211 - A statewide phone call center system.  Dial 2-1-1 for health and human service information and referrals.  Call center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Other resources outside Oregon:

Visit the IRS site:

  • IRS home site - Unemployment benefits are taxable, but many expenses of job hunting are tax deductible. Find all forms and publications here.
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Service for assistance with IRS-related problems and hardships.


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Content Contact: Debra Driscoll

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