Finance & Career
Numerous resources are available to assist you and your family as you navigate the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The following are places you can go for help.
Alabama Career Centers—Jobs and Unemployment Benefits
If you have recently lost your job and need to apply for unemployment benefits, contact your career center.
- Visit the Alabama JobLink website to find the career center closest to you.
- Look for job search information at https://joblink.alabama.gov/ada/r/
- Apply for unemployment benefits online on the Alabama Department of Labor website.
Alabama Department of Human Resources
- For information about family and child services, visit the Alabama Department of Human Resources website at http://www.dhr.state.al.us/.
- Find contact information for your local office at https://dhr.alabama.gov/county-office-contact/ .
HOPE Inside Disaster
HOPE Inside Disaster, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is the only ﬁnancial emergency preparedness and recovery service in the country. It serves as a financial advocate for local residents and small business owners. It focuses on financial dignity and inclusion.
- The organization stands with disaster survivors. Learn more at https://www.hopeinsidecovid19.org/recovery.
- The HOPE Crisis Hotline helps survivors mitigate credit issues, develop emergency budget counseling, communicate with creditors, obtain SBA loans, prevent foreclosure, and prepare for the future. Call (1-888) 388-HOPE (4673) to reach a certified financial disaster specialist.
Alabama Department of Public Health—COVID-19 Testing
If you suspect that you have COVID-19, call the Alabama COVID-19 24/7 free hotline at (888) 264-2256 for testing sites and hours of operation. The average timeframe to conduct testing at the state lab is between 24 and 72 hours. Find more information on their website at http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/
American Red Cross—Blood Donations Needed
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage because of the unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this COVID-19 outbreak. Healthy individuals are encouraged to donate. Learn more at https://www.redcross.org/
Community Action Agencies
Community Action Agencies offer many services, including assistance with utilities, to low-income families. Contact your local agency to find out if you qualify for assistance. Find more information, visit the website at http://caaalabama.org/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (205) 277-7688.
FoodPantries.org provides lists of food pantries, as well as food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc. This is a great resource to find locations in your area, although there may be others, such as faith-based organizations and service clubs, that are not included in this list. Visit the website at https://www.foodpantries.org/st/alabama.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides monthly benefits to eligible households with low incomes to help them buy food. The eligibility rules and benefit amounts, which are based on income and household size, are determined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service. Applications for the Food Assistance Program are available in all county Department of Human Resources offices.
- To find income guidelines, visit the Benefits.gov website.
- The Department of Human Resources contact information is available at https://dhr.alabama.gov/county-office-contact/.
United Way—Connect to Resources
The United Way of Alabama can connect you directly with resources in your local area. Visit the website at https://www.unitedwaysofalabama.org/. Dial 211 or text or call (888) 421-1266 to reach United Way Connect for resources in your area or visit http://www.211connectsalabama.org/.