Financial & Housing Services

Employment Resources

I receive calls every day from residents of Pennsylvania who face challenges on the job, or who lose their job through no fault of their own. I am committed to fighting in the Senate for the preservation and creation of quality jobs, but I also want to offer resources that will assist you through the difficulties you may be facing. If you are unable to resolve your challenges with the information below, please contact my Office of Constituent Services toll-free at 1-866-461-9159.

Finding a job

While I work in the Senate to try to prevent job loss and foster new job growth, I suggest you utilize these resources that may be able to help you in your job search:

Losing your job

Losing your job can be an incredibly trying experience, but you do not have to go through it alone. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's Rapid Response Coordination Services are available to workers to help them through the difficulties of unemployment, finding a new job, and receiving training for new careers. If you believe there may be future lay-offs at your job, or if you need help after losing your job, please contact them a 1-866-858-2753.

If you have become recently unemployed you may qualify for the following assistance:

Helping Make Ends Meet

In these tough economic times many Pennsylvanians are struggling to make ends meet. Whether you are trying to find a job, working for low wages or living on a fixed income, it is clear to me that this recession has greatly impacted people across the Commonwealth. Below are some resources and programs that may help you meet your bottom line.

  • COMPASS is a web site that allows individuals to screen for, apply for, and renew a broad range of social programs administered by the Commonwealth.
  • The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Note: You can screen your availability for LIHEAP through COMPASS (see above).
  • Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low-income three, four, and five year olds and offers comprehensive health, nutrition, and other family support services including opportunities to learn parenting skills.
  • Food Banks in Pennsylvania

Complaints on the Job

If you are a member of a union, I strongly suggest you contact your union representative for advice on how to proceed with any formal complaint. If you are not a member of a union, or if you need additional assistance, below are resources that may be able to help you resolve specific issues.

Federal Employees:

Pension Issues

It is imperative that we protect the pensions of retired Pennsylvanians. If you encounter problems with your pension plan, I would suggest the following resources.

Other Resources

I would also suggest you look into some of the resources listed below: