Resources for Furloughed Agencies/Employees
We know that during a federal government shutdown, many employees and businesses in the DC Metro Area experience a sudden loss of income. We also know that the effects are not limited to federal employees and that there are trickle down impacts on our local economy. Here is a list of resources that are available for information and guidance.
- The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has prepared human resources guidance for agencies and employees regarding furloughs. To learn more about Pay/Leave and Furlough Guidance, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/
- Unemployment benefits: According to a U.S. Office of Personnel Management fact sheet, federal employees may be eligible for “Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees,” which is administered by state unemployment insurance agencies.
Many banks, credit unions and credit card companies are offering assistance. Contact your financial institution to see what options are available for you.
Utilities and other assistance
Many gas and utility companies also are working with furloughed employees. Contact your company to see what options are available.
- The Capital Area Food Bank has a goal to provide 300,000 extra meals in January. For more information, visit: https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/get-help/.
Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op (TPSS)
- All members who are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown are eligible for a TPSS Co-op line of credit through F.A.M (Furlough Assistance for Members). To learn more on this program and sign up: https://tpss.coop/fam/
- The Co-op is also extending this program to all furloughed government workers who are not current Co-op members, by inviting them to join the Co-op for a $10 deposit paid now (on the $100 lifetime membership) to access the program. To learn more on this program and sign up: https://tpss.coop/fam/
Resources for DC Residents
- For District residents affected by the shutdown, the DC government has compiled a list of available resources.
Resources for Montgomery County Residents
- The Montgomery County government has compiled a list of resources to help affected workers who live in the county.
- A Wider Circle, Interfaith Works and Manna Food Center are nonprofits offering food, household essentials and other resources for Montgomery County Residents.
Resources for Prince George’s County Residents
- For residents in Prince George’s County, the county government has compiled a list of resources to help affected workers in the area.
Resources for Northern Virginia Residents
- Arlington residents affected by the shutdown can find resources complied by the Arlington County government.
- For residents of Fairfax County, the county government has compiled a list of resources available for affected federal workers.
- The City of Alexandria government has created a list of resources for local affected residents.