What kind of help can I get from government if I am U.S. citizen but just lost my job. My unemployment check is only 600 a month. I have a kid I do support but she lives in mexico. I live here in U.S. But I don't know how anyone can live on 600 even if they were single. I can't do any hard labor jobs because of my broken leg and knee cap I had a car accident that killed other driver and left me pretty bad shape. I can only stand for an hour at best. I had job as a casino poker dealer for 8 years before being let go. In this job I was sitting down majority of time. Isnt there anything a government can do for me? I've never filed for any help or welfare but now i am at the end of the ropes.
Most states offer some sort of Vocational Rehabilitation services. Often these programs will help identify the type of jobs you are suited for and or can be trained to do. These programs oftern pay for any schooling and or medical help which would help return you to work.
Governmental income benefits are limited to unemployment benefits or social security disability benefits. You can apply for social security disability over the internet or in person. (www.ssa.gov), but the process can take months and in many cases a year or more. Good luck
My colleague gives a good answer. But, understand that Social Security disability is for people who cannot work. If you are able to do your past job as a casino poker dealer, you will not qualify for Social Security disability.
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You could also ask the court to review your court-ordered child support. I am not sure you are able to relocate, but there are new casinos in Michigan and more being built. Michigan's economy may have bottomed out, and dealing is a skill. There are also programs at Michigan's community colleges for training and retraining. You could learn something to tide you over until you find work in your primary field. For example, technical fields have help desks, and look for people with skills and the ability to deal with worried people who call.
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