We simply have to be a people willing to keep ourselves above water. There's that old saying, "I'll shovel crap if I have to," and that should apply here. There is, besides, a long standing misconception that the amount you make determines what you have. The fact is that what you have, and what you achieve, has way more to do with how much brainpower you have, to put to WHAT you have, to put to work for you.
I can show you a guy who makes $30,000 a year who becomes a millionaire. I can also show you a guy who makes $100,000 a year who dies broke.
In times like this you have to be willing and able to concede to the circumstances as they present themselves, and be smarter than the circumstance to overcome the short term obstacles.