Tallahassee, FL - As some Floridians face losing their unemployment benefits this week, 2-1-1 Big Bend, Inc. encourages them to dial 2-1-1 for referrals to area support services. 2-1-1 counselors offer 24-hour, confidential help, seven days a week. By calling 2-1-1, 617-NEED (617-6333) or 921-4020 TTY for the Hearing/Speech Impaired, Big Bend residents will find access to financial counseling and assistance, child care, job training, food banks and utility payment assistance.
“We are the gateway to community services in Tallahassee and its eight surrounding counties,” said 2-1-1 Big Bend President Randy Nicklaus. “2-1-1 Big Bend is the perfect resource for people who need help during challenging times; we save them the legwork that often leads to more frustration and uncertainty.”
According to the Agency for Workforce Innovation, federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs will conclude over the next several weeks. The Extended Benefits program, which provides additional compensation to Floridians who exhausted all their federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits ends Saturday, December 4.
2-1-1 Big Bend answers more than 50,000 calls each year through its seven hotline programs. The regional 2-1-1 helpline program assisted more than 25,000 callers last year. Thousands of people have sought help for unemployment, utilities, food, housing and mental health concerns. Anyone can dial 2-1-1 in the eight county Big Bend area for someone to talk to when it may be difficult to talk to friends or family. For more information about 2-1-1 Big Bend, visit www.211bigbend.org. 2-1-1 Big Bend is a United Way Agency.