The partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has been ongoing for 31 days. Across the country, about 420,000 people are working without pay, and an additional 380,000 are on unpaid leave. Approximately 73,000 federal employees work in Washington, according to the Employment Security Department.
For those affected by the government shutdown, the following banks, government agencies, healthcare institutions and other organizations can offer some help.
Banks and Credit Unions
The credit union is offering loans of up to $6,000 with zero percent APR to federal employees and active duty members of the Coast Guard.
Sound Credit Union is offering free “Skip-a-Pay” services, waived early withdrawal fees on existing certificates, and 90-day deferred loans with zero percent APR.
BECU will provide short-term loan payment modifications and personal loans with payments deferred up to 90 days.
WSECU is offering loan modifications, personal work stoppage loans, and loan consolidation services.
For USAA customers and certain active duty service members, the organization is providing personal loans, deferred credit card payments, and special payment arrangements.
Auburn will waive late fees for federal workers on city services like water, sewer, and garbage, and temporarily cease service suspensions on unpaid accounts.
Tacoma is providing assistance to government employees who are unable to pay their utility bills.
The FEEA is providing $100 loans for things like groceries and gas to active NARFE members in need of help.
The DSHS announced that many food stamp recipients will receive their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February during the month of January to help furloughed federal workers cover costs.
Government employees can apply for unemployment benefits through Washington’s ESD to help with expenses during the shutdown.
The healthcare organization is waiving co-pays and deductibles for federal workers who access services at any of its 11 acute care hospitals and more than 200 clinics in the Puget Sound region.
Food and Other Assistance
If you have not been affected by the government shutdown, consider donating to one of the community service organizations above, many of which are in need of additional donations in order to adequately help those who are affected.