Shutdown: How to Get Help if You’re a Federal Worker

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Federal workers are coming up on a second empty paycheck as the partial government shutdown continues. Although many, though not all, of the workers will eventually get back pay, for now, they’re draining savings and trying to keep creditors at bay.  

If you’re a federal worker trying to survive the shutdown, here’s where you can find assistance.

Be sure to visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website to find resources to help with payments to banks and other companies, including documents and letters you will need.

If you have a business or group helping federal workers, send us an email at, and we’ll add it here.

United Way’s 211 Crisis Line is open 24/7 and can help connect people with services ranging from utility assistance and eviction prevention to finding food pantries and other services. You can reach a specialist by dialing 211 or texting your zip code to 898-211.

The 211 website also has a list of phone companies and banks offering help for workers.

In Central Florida, the Heart of Florida United Way chapter has a resources page for people who need help.

American Legion

The Legion will help Coast Guardsman with families who will not be getting paid starting this week. Head to the Legion website to find out how to apply for funds through the Temporary Financial Assistance Program.

The American Legion’s Project: VetRelief will help provide financial assistance for single Coast Guardsman without children who live in Florida. Membership in the legion is not required, just be active-duty military or a veteran. An application can be found on the Project: VetRelief website.