Many factors can result in financial harships. Housing may be at risk, you may experience food insecurity, or you may be faced with decisions that could affect your health.
Below is a list of resources that may be helpful to you during these challenging times. You may also email suggested resources to email@example.com
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- How the Government Shutdown Affects Your EBT and Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits
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- Food Talk: Eat Healthy & Stretch Your Budget
This website offers tips on how to stretch your FSNAP benefits over these extra weeks. This website was created for Georgia, but the information is useful for everyone.
- Hunger Free America's Fed Food Hotline
- Any employee of the federal government or a federal contractor — or any family member of such an employee — who is struggling financially as a result of the government shutdown, can call the toll free number 1-855-859-4647 or go to the website to find food resources (such as government food programs and private food pantries) near them and/or to be connected with anti-hunger volunteer activities so they can productively utilize their time off work.
- The toll-free line will have live operators answering calls Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, and will take messages at other times.
- The hotline and web portal will be active as long as the shutdown lasts.
- USDA Clearinghouse and National Hunger Hotline
Do you need help finding food? Call this National Hunger Hotline:
- United Way 2-1-1
A free nationwide information and referral line that helps people find local resources they may be eligible to obtain 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 can be accessed by phone or computer.
- A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services to eligible individuals
- Call 2-1-1 and speak with a live, highly trained service professional in your area from any cell phone or landline. All calls are private and confidential, and assistance is available in multiple languages.
- Visit www.211.org to locate organizations in your community that provide support and assistance to working families in their time of need.
- Find a local United Way in your community and learn about potential additional resources.
Federal & State
- NASWA States Help Furloughed Federal Employees
Federal employees who are not receiving pay during the shutdown may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits through the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program (UCFE). This unemployment insurance benefit is administered by States, as agents for the Federal government. This webpage also includes links to more information on the shutdown, listed by state.
Source: National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Funding Lapse Information
Pay and leave furlough guidance for federal employees.
- Resources for Workers Affected by the Federal Shutdown
Scroll down for a list of resources for Federal workers.
- My Fed Benefits Assistance Map
An interactive assistance map to help workers in every state find programs to support them through the shutdown.
- Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
SNAP/food stamp resources for furloughed federal employees
Early deposit date: Between January 14 – 15
- DFCS Georgia Shutdown update
Note: This webpage includes some information in Spanish.
Source: Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
- Georgia Gateway: Your Path to Social Services Benefits
This is Georgia's new eligibility determination system for a number of social benefit programs. If you have trouble while using Georgia Gateway, please call the Online Services hotline at 1-877-423-4746. If you have a hearing impairment, call GA Relay at 1-800-255-0135. Our services are free.
- Nonprofits Offer Assistance to Furloughed Federal Workers
Georgians can call United Way 211 for help with food and other assistance. Just dial 211 on your phone. This video story has available captions (2:06 mins.)
- Federal Employees Furlough Information (Georgia resources)
Source: State of Georgia Department of Labor
- Can Federal Shutdown Workers Get Unemployment Benefits? Yes ... and No
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
- 2nd District of Georgia: Federal Government Shutdown: Frequently Asked Questions
Source: U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Representing Middle and Southwest Georgia
- Atlanta Community Food Bank: Government Shutdown
Contact them if you need food assistance.
- 13 Georgia Credit Unions Offering Government Shutdown Aid
- Hosea Helps
Currently, Hosea Helps is providing supplemental food, rent and utility assistance during the government shutdown. Their website has a section specific to federal employees; scroll down on the home page to find it.
- Services are provided: Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Address: 4215 Wendell Drive SW, Suite – I, Atlanta, GA 30336
- Phone: 404.755.3353 (Call prior to going to location.)
- Web: 4hosea.org
- Georgia Community Action Association
- Go to this webpage and click on the Georgia map, the GCAA AGENCY FINDER, to find a local Community Action Agency in your area.
- Georgia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)
- Contact the Center for Independent Living near you for help with disability-related needs:
Georgia Centers for Independent Living
North Carolina (NC)
South Carolina (SC)
U.S. Southeast Region
Find resources for 8 states in the U.S. Southeast Region:
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
Community Action Councils
The community action agencies (CAA) or councils (CAC) provide services and supports to address poverty in communities throughout the country. Case managers work with clients to help them overcome barriers to employment or self-sufficiency. Some agencies offer short-term financial aid for paying bills, housing, food, and other basic needs. The exact services, resources and funding available will be different at each location and in each state.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)