Coping with Unemployment

Unemployment can be a stressful situation. In recent years a growing number of Americans have experienced job loss due to recessions, downsizing, and business restructuring. These resources can help you get back on your feet and into the workplace again.


The Texas Workforce Commission is the go-to resource for unemployment benefits in Texas. Apply for unemployment benefits, check the status of claims and payments,and download forms.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a great resource for homeowners who are at risk for foreclosure or who are struggling with monthly mortgage payments.


Texas Health Options helps the unemployed find health insurance coverage in Texas. Includes information on COBRA, State Continuation, group coverage, private carriers, Medicaid, and the Texas Health Insurance Pool.

The Assistance Center of Collin County provides short-term support to families and individuals in financial need.

The Emergency Food Assistance program from the North Texas Food Bank allows you to search for food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and social service centers near you, and get information on SNAP benefits.


Help for Texans provides a listing of local agencies that assist with emergency housing, utility bill payment help, and on-going rental assistance.


Dress for Success is a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged women with professional attire, as well as other tools necessary for successful career development. has great resources to develop new skills and get you back on track to finding a job. In their Business and Career Development library, the course “Recovering from a Layoff helps you deal with a layoff, fill in your resume gap, search and apply for jobs, and interviewing post-layoff. courses require a library card so come by today and get one.


Search the Plano Public Library Online CATALOG to find books and e-books about unemployment.

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