2-1-1 is a good starting point for finding local resources in your specific area, to help with financial assistance. Resources such as food banks, housing and shelters, medical and mental health centers, utilities assistance, and substance abuse assistance — to name a few.

According to 2-1-1’s website description:

Millions of people in the United States experience food, housing, and financial insecurity every year.  Whether you need help paying one bill or many, or are looking for information to help someone else, you are not alone. Your local 211 agency has the most up-to-date information about local assistance that may be available to you.

  • If you prefer to talk to someone, you can always call 211 to get connected to a local specialist. Simply call 211 from a cell phone or landline to speak with a live, highly trained service professional. 
  • If you prefer to text, chat online, or search your local 211 online database, find your local 211’s other contact information here.

This is funded by the United Way Agency, as a service to all. If you call 211, you’ll be connected to a national agent, whom you tell what state and county you need. You will then be connected to a regional agent to whom then can direct you to the right operator for your local area. They are a wealth of knowledge!

This is like 4-1-1 “information, please” from days past, only on a global scale!