Programs available in the Crossroads as unemployment benefits end

The Texas Workforce Commission website says extended benefits payments stopped the week ending Sept. 11.

VICTORIA, Texas – Many jobless Texans stopped receiving extended unemployment benefits due to a decrease in the unemployment rate.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission website, extended benefits payments stopped the week ending Sept. 11.

If this affects you or someone you may know, you may be asking, what are some options?

“We have different funding strings for the [Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program],” said Cindy Torres with the Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent. “We have youth funding strings, which is for 16 to 24 years of age and for dislocated workers – any age.”

The Dislocated Workers Program with the Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent is available for those who would like to get back to work as quickly as possible.

“A dislocated worker is for those who lost their job through termination, was laid off of  or if the company they work at just shut down,” said Lead Career Counselor Kissha Gauthier with the Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent. “It’s for those who received or exhausted unemployment benefits.”

Gauthier said they have so many different options so people can get out in the workforce.

“Rather than having to worry about where is my next payment coming from or how am I going to pay these bills,” said Gauthier. “We can try to help you get out there and that way you don’t have to wait your year and reapply for unemployment.

Gauthier said that with unemployment, people have to wait until that year is up to reapply again.

The workforce does not finance or assist with any bills, but they can refer people to other resources.

“When you apply for unemployment, they give you three days to register at workintexas.com,” said Gauthier. “We have been successful with [job] placements.”

For more information, you can call 361-578-0341 or send an email to gcjobs@gcworkforce.org.