FREE GAS CARDS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED – GOVERNMENT HELP PROGRAM UNCOVERED BY INVESTIGATIVE GUY JOHN MATTES 28


Free gas cards for the unemployed, no its not a scam, its a free government program. Investigative Guy John Mattes reveals a little known government help program to assist the unemployed in finding jobs. As part of the economic stimulus package The Dept. of Labor has given the states millions of dollars for supportive services for the unemployed. The services include “transportation assistance” in the form of gas cards and bus passes so the unemployed can go to job interviews. The program also provides money for new clothes for jobs interviews. It sounds all so good, a government program to help the unemployed….but the government has not told those who need it about the program.

Here is how to qualify for assistance:

  1. You must be currently receiving unemployment compensation
  2. You must sign up at work force offices for job counseling programs
  3. You must say you have expended all you resources and you need assistance from supportive services. You must say you need gas money to get to a potential job site or money for new clothes for an interview or assistance with rent or food.

YOU MUST STATE YOU NEED ASSISTANCE FOR JOB SEARCH ACTIVITIES, ALL OTHER RESOURCES HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED.

WE WANT TO FIND OUT HOW THE PROGRAM DOES OR DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU. LETS US KNOW WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE IS.


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28 thoughts on “FREE GAS CARDS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED – GOVERNMENT HELP PROGRAM UNCOVERED BY INVESTIGATIVE GUY JOHN MATTES

  • tammy

    rayna we are much in the same boat we live month by month on ssi and have to pawn things every month to make it to just eat too,,this program should be extended to help those retired and disabled i agree

  • brendalancaster

    its not right for the goverment to take away all benefits, they need to do more for the unemplyoed, if it wasnt for us tax payers ,where would they be now, i would like to see more benefits for the long time unemplyoed.

  • jennbunny

    In Arizona,i dont know about other states,as of now May 2012. their is a free gas card $50-$1200.The salvation army can help you since they are a qualified referral.

  • jmattes Post author

    Well you have to be collecting unemployment first and then you have to be signed up for workforce programs.We did the story 2 years ago and do not know if any money exists in the program this year.

  • john l merrell

    john l merrell 271 gaskey road salisbury,nc 28147-8950 usa sign my up i have to have gas to get back out there to get a job and i have to walk 2 miles to get there walking and my feet hurt help me sign up for the gas card please thank you god bless you.

  • jmattes Post author

    So I guess the writer never did read the blog on how to apply ,nor did the writer watch the video where we interviewed a person who got a gas card
    Her loss

  • claudia shafft

    Absolutely ridiculous. All of you are in some shape or form obviously surfing the internet, on a public or private wifi if not your own, on a public or private computer, with time to ASK for MORE assistance when these efforts can be put forth thru actually looking for a job than asking for MORE handouts. Youve exhausted all this time on here whining about not knowing or recv’ a “gas card” to which the author of this blog has not even supplied a link to the governement article in which he got his information, when you could have been posting on the want ads. Get over yourselves. No pitty hand outs here.

  • jmattes Post author

    you need to be collecting unemployment and need to register with your workforce office. The program had limited funds and Ihave no update this year

  • richard

    Hi, I’m from Wisconsin and I’m unemployed need assistance for gas
    to look for work also need assistance for rent that don’t require a lease Cuzco I don’t have one where I live and the owner refuses to have a lease.how and where would I find these things to assist me?

  • jmattes Post author

    No they never told anyone,the public never knew the program existed till we uncovered it .With the federal govt now short of funds for the unemployed ,I doubt the program is fully funded anymore.It is sad when people need help the most

  • DWood

    I have been unemployed since April of 2009 and had been going to the Arizona Workforce. No one mentioned anything about the gas card program nor money for clothes. I was told about the gas card program through a Career Placement Assistant at Pima Medical Institute a month or two ago. She called the Arizona Workforce and spoke with one of the Career Counselors who had to make certain I was in their system which I was. I had received about 10 cards and was cut from the program on Friday because the Workforce was told in a meeting that the program was being cut back. I have no idea how I will be able to purchase gas for my vehicle. I am not able to ride the bus, train nor can I afford a taxi.

  • jmattes Post author

    Make sure you ask your workforce counselors to put you in all their back to work programs to see what they offer.The program we uncovered was active in 2009.

  • Candis

    hi ,i just by accident stumbled onto this site,i have been out of work for over a year,and everything and everyone in my life is suffering from it,my son,my husband ,my marriege,my sanity.i am on unemployment and just recently got approved for another round,it is hard to go to job interviews with no gas and shabby clothes.we make due but it is not enough.i am in phoenix and struggling every day,the transit authorities are about to go on strike so i pray you can help our family and others who are struggling as well.thank you

  • Mariea Hilliard

    I am a second time kidney transplant and I am in the process of losing it so I have to go back forth to the hospital my feet have began to swell and cause pain in my arms and legs so it would really help a lot thank you.

  • Jude Garzone

    Hola! I’ve been following your web site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

  • Corinne

    FYI…The program does exist, at least in Arizona. The only catch is that you need to be able to qualify for cash assistance with DES and in order to get that you must have a child under the age of 18.

  • Tracy P

    What happens if you are unemployed and were denied unemployment compensation. Even lost an appeal, can you still qualify for the program?

  • scott grady

    i need a gas card to find a job and a place to live . i loss my house in the fllod in nashville tn.
    I-guy here ..You need to be collecting unemployment and you have to sign up at Workforce offices for programs.Ask them for support services (gas card ,housing help etc) to help you look for a job
    Good Luck

  • mark k.

    I inquired with the Illinois Work Force Center 1-217-278-5700 today about applying for the “supportive services” you reference and was told this:

    “The Workforce Investment Act does not pay for any support services. We however do pay for schooling and transportation expenses getting to and from the community colleges. We do not help with any other expenses”

    I asked for a referral to whom at the state level their office reports to, so that I can inquire about why the Centers are not giving the money or information for “supportive services” such as gasoline, interview clothes, car repair, car insurance, housing, etc…

    I GUY COMMENT
    shocking that some states dodge helping the people they are paid to help

  • Greg

    Help, I need gas. I am on unemployment, have been for over a year, and expended all my resources. I need assistance from supportive services. I need gas money to get to a potential job site, money for new clothes for an interview, and assistance with rent and food.
    I Guy response
    Go to your workforce office and sign up for the program and then request supportive services
    I-Guy

    Please please help me.

  • OLIVIA

    I have been unemployed for over a year. I received the extensions that were available. I was qualified for the WIA program but was then given more paperwork to fill out. Each time I had to drive an hour to the office and no one even asked if I could afford it. no one asked anything other than “Do you have the paperwork we gave you?” My husband has been ill and we are going through the same thing with his disability case. he was a welder and had to have a pacemake defibulator unit installed. They told him well you can not do that work anymore,(they said that is just how it goes with these units). We lost our house in Tennessee and had to move back to Florida where my parents had an apartment we could live in. They denied that he was disabled because he was still under the age they considered for disability. can you imagine being told you are not disabled because you graduated high school and you are not old enough! Now they have told him that he needs to go see a social worker to find out if he is really depressed. Why wouldn’t he be after all of this. i will ask about the cards when I go back next week.
    I-GUY Replies Good luck tell us what they tell yoi

  • SHARI

    I HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED SINCE I WAS 14 AND HAD TAXES TAKEN OUT EVERY YEAR AND HAVE DONE MY DUTY AS A CITIZEN…THE COMPANY I WORKED FOR WAS SOLD TO FOREIGNERS WHO GET THE BUSINESS TAX FREE FOR 5 YEARS….WHO BY THEN WILL PASS IT OFF TO A FAMILY MEMBER WHO WILL PASS IT OFF TO ANOTHER THUS INSURING AT LEAST 15 YEARS OF NOT PAYING ANY TAXES….THEY LAID ALL 10 OF US OFF THAT WORKED FOR THIS COMPANY…AND WE ASK WHATS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY…IM ALL FOR FAIR TRADE AND FREE ENTERPRISE…BUT AT THE SAME RATES FOR EVERYONE ….I DONT GET A TAX BREAK AND I AM FROM HERE …WHATS UP WITH THAT?