Shutdown Assistance

 

SHUT DOWN ASSISTANCE

Resources and assistance are available to those employed by the federal government and affected by the government shutdown. You can also contact your school's social worker if you are in need of assistance.

DIAL 2-1-1, AND SPEAK WITH A SPECIALISTS WHO CAN HELP YOU DIRECTLY, OR PROVIDE THE CONNECTION TO A LOCAL RESOURCE.

ANY ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL, OR TSA EMPLOYEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO CALL 2-1-1 TO ACCESS THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE.

Resources and Information for Common Questions:

  • USAA, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo and First Command Banks have interest free loan programs currently available as a result of the shutdown.
  • The Coast Guard has a national interest free loan program that active duty personnel may apply for ($1000for families; $750forsingles).
  • The American Legion is offering a Temporary Assistance Program with interest free loans. More information can be found via by clicking HERE.
  • Furloughed workers can review guidance about unemployment benefits: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/ The Department of Labor’s website provides links to individual State offices.
  • SNAP, WIC, Free & Reduced Price Lunch, and other food security benefits are still active, but check USDA for updates. SNAP benefits for February are being issued early and will not be issued in February.
  • Public housing(Section8) for most recipients should be paid through February. More information is available here and through local agencies.
  • Federal tax refunds are being accepted and processed as scheduled, beginning January28th. If you've earned less than $66k in2018, you can file your taxes for free online by clicking HERE.
  • Medicaid, CHIP, Disability, and Social Security Benefits are not affected by the shutdown.
  • Benefits for Veterans through the VA are not affected by the shutdown.

     

    LOCAL RESOURCES

  • Food Pantries: Life House Church, 40 Faith Station Rd on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm. A hot meal is offered on Saturdays noon - 2pm at 36 Faith Station Rd.

    Community Bible Church: 638 Parris Island Gateway. Wednesdays and Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM; Saturdays 9:30 - 11:30 AM. The pantry is located in the yellow double wide mobile home on the back property of the church, serving anyone in need of short term emergency food. Those in need are eligible to receive food once every 28 to 30 days. Individuals and families only need to complete a simple application and present a picture ID.

    Agape Family Life Center: 5855 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville. Monday - Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. agapeflc.org.

  • Bluffton Self Help: 39 Sheridan Park Cir, Bluffton. (843) 757-8000
  • Help of Beaufort: 2 Ice House Rd, Beaufort. (843) 524-1223
  • United Way of the Lowcountry Help Line: 843-524-4357
  • Salvation Army: 2505 North St., Beaufort. 843-524-3727

 

Financial relief and support from companies

  • AT&T: providing flexible payment options for impacted customers. Make arrangements online by clicking HERE.
  • Bank of America is offering personalized financial assistance through its Client Assistance Program - 844-219-0690.
  • Chase - call their special care line for available hardship programs 888-356-0023.
  • Eli Lilly is offering support to customers with insulin supplies. Call the Lilly Diabetes Solutions Center at 833-808-1234 or HERE.
  • FamilyWize offers prescription savings cards to anyone in the U.S. with or without insurance. 
  • Nationwide is providing grace periods, extended due dates, and waiving certain fees on several of their products.
  • PayPal is offering an interest free cash advance up to $500 for any existing or new PayPal Credit customer who are federal employees.
  • Quicken Loans is waiving all late fees for clients who may miss a mortgage payment due to the shutdown.
  • Sprint is offering payment options to qualified customers - 888-211-4727.
  • T-Mobile is providing short-term account assistance for customers who are federal workers. Call 611 from a T-Mobile phone or 877-746-0909.
  • Toyota Financial Services is offering options to customers affected, including up to two months of finance contract payment extensions or lease deferred payments. Toyota customers can call 800- 874-8822; Lexus customers can call 800-874-7050.
  • Verizon is offering flexible payment options and "Promise to Pay" program for customers which can be set up in the My Verizon app or website, or by calling 866-266-1445.
  • Wells Fargo is waiving fees for customers who have direct deposit from the federal government or at customer's requests. They also have options for both short and long-term assistance - 800-TO-WELLS.
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling is offering debt relief plans and counseling..