What is Rapid Response?

Rapid Response is a free, publicly-funded service that works to connect employers to programs to minimize or prevent potential layoffs and to connect recently or soon-to-be laid off workers to various public services available to them to help navigate job loss, including unemployment insurance benefits, health care coverage, training and education resources, career counseling services, and more. Rapid Response services were created as part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and as this service is funded at the federal level, there is no cost for either employers or employees to utilize them.

Rapid Response: Helping Employers and Employees Facing Layoffs

Layoff Support for Workers

Download the Rapid Response Flyer for a Permanent Layoff:

Download the Rapid Response Flyer for a Temporary Layoff (due to seasonal, planned shutdown, or other reasons, and play to return to the same employer):

Download a copy of the Oregon Guide for Laid-Off Workers:

Helpful Resources:

  • 211info.org: 211info connects people with health and social service organizations. They may be able to provide additional assistance with transportation, rental assistance, child care, utilities, and more. 
  • Resources for Businesses and Workers Affected by Layoffs: resources and videos provided by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
  • Healthcare.gov: If you have lost or do not have health coverage, you may qualify for a free or low-cost healthcare plan:
  • Oregon Housing Assistance: help with rent and utilities
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): temporary assistance for groceries:
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families): TANF can provide financial support for families with children.
  • Oregon Unemployment Insurance