May 10, 2010
Blue Oregon, March 1, 2010
Many unemployed Oregonians don’t know what benefits they are eligible for – but the 211 information line can provide referrals to SNAP/Food Stamps, unemployment programs, job training and search assistance, health insurance options, and mortgage assistance programs.
211info’s external relations coordinator Matt Kinshella notes that there are many who need help, but may have trouble finding it. “In the worst economy since the Great Depression, Oregonians everywhere are struggling to put food on the table, keep the heat on and stay in their homes,” he writes. “Nonprofits and public agencies are ready to help, but when people reach out they get lost in a system that is fragmented and confusing.” The 211 line “cuts through the clutter.” Read more…