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Resources for Hard Times

Links to sites and materials that can help you through hard times including finding jobs, home mortgage assistance, money management and career training. Check out the many valuable library resources available including books, videos, databases and more.

Job Hunting and Careers

Peninsula College Retraining Program
NW jobs--Classified job ads from both the Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Workforce Washington--State of Washington's official site for online employment services.
Riley Guide--Directory of employment opportunities and job resources on the Internet. Links to salary surveys.
AmeriCorps in Washington--AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
Career One Stop--A publicly funded resource for jobseekers providing information and links to every aspect of the job hunt.
Job Hunter's Bible--The official Web site for Richard Bolles, the author of What Color is your Parachute? Another great site for finding valuable information on how to find a job.
CNA Classes--Your source to become a certified nursing assistant.

Electronic Resources

Find practice exams for some of the most frequently administered career and educational tests. Learning Express also will help create resumes and cover letters as well as to prepare for job interview. Also available are practice tests for jobs such as civil service exams, ASVAB and CBEST etc. Click Here for LearningExpress Library

Library Materials and Resources for Jobs, Careers and training

Mortgage and Foreclosure Assistance

Guide to Avoiding Foreclosure-- (HUD) Resources for keeping your home from foreclosure.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation--Home and necessities support for those who live in rural communities.
Avoiding Foreclosure: Washington State--Guidance on default and foreclosure prevention.
Free Foreclosure Counseling
Washington State Homeownership Information Hotline at 1.877.894.HOME (1.877.894.4663)
Washington’s New Distressed Homeowner Legislation

Library Materials for Distressed Homeowners

  • The foreclosure survival guide : keep your house or walk away with money in your pocket by Peter Elias 346.7304 ELIAS

  • Money Management

    Consumer Counseling Northwest-- A nonprofit organization with a mission to Build Better Lives through Financial Education and Counseling.
    Washington State Department of Health Services Recovery Services
    Washington Department of Financial Institutions Information Center--Contains information and resources about a variety of financial topics including Credit and Debit, Lender Fraud, identity Theft, Foreclosure and more
    National Foundation for Credit Counseling --Counseling from a member agency will help you set up a budget and reduce your reliance on credit.
    Federal Trade Commission Consumer Credit