I'd quit my job, but (they still haven't) paid me my severance (here, 4% of total salary earned) and given my docs to apply to employment insurance, so we'd been like 2-3 months no income, with bills stacking up, etc. We're only now starting to catch up.
Right now I still have a crappy salary, so basically going into debt to work (stupid, right?), but yesterday I told my immediate boss about my situation. He talked to his boss, and so now the ball is with them, fo me to have a better hourly salary.... We'll see what happens.