Government Shutdown: Where Furloughed Workers Can Find Support

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is gearing up with extra food for SNAP recipients and others affected by the government shutdown.
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is gearing up with extra food for SNAP recipients and others affected by the government shutdown. [ideastream]

We will be compiling a rolling list of companies, agencies and groups that are offering support to furloughed government workers across Ohio but with a special focus on Northeast Ohio. If your organization or company wants to be included in the list, please email us

Utilities

 First Energy Ohio: Special payment options. 

  • Ohio Edison: 1-800-633-4766
  • Toledo Edison: 1-800-447-333
  • The Illuminating Co: 1-800-589-3101

Dominion Energy Ohio is offering "flexible winter bill payment options."

  • Dominion customers who have an online Dominion account can make arrangements on the account (www.dominionenergy.com) or they can call the company at 1-800-362-7557.

Columbia Gas of Ohio:

  • Payment Plans – Plans to help make home energy costs more manageable.
  • Winter Reconnect Order – A program to have service restored or maintained with a payment of $175 plus a small reconnection fee.
  • Low-income energy assistance programs available through local community action agencies or Salvation Army chapters.
  • Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP Plus) – Option for households at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline.
  • Budget Payment Plan. Waive late fees and extended payment options.
  • Columbia asks that customers call 800-344-4077 to inquire about payment options.

Financial Services

United Consumer Financial Service will defer monthly payments for 30 days.

  • Contact: 1-800-338-6507

Stock Yards Bank & Trust: Customers can apply for 90-day, no-fee, interest-free loan of $1500.

  •  Contact: 800-625-9066

Fifth Third Bank is offering credit and loan assistance.

  • For personal loans and credit solutions, call 866-601-6391 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, Mon.–Fri., and from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. ET, Sat.
  • For mortgage loans and lines of credit, call 866-601-6391 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, Mon.–Fri.
  • For Business Banking support, call 877-534-2264 from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. ET, Mon.–Fri., and 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, Sat. Or email bbgsupport@53.com.

Summit County Treasurer is offering property tax extensions to furloughed workers.

Lucas County Treasurer is offering property tax extension to furloughed workers.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Northeast Ohio is offering interest-free micro-loans up to $10,000

Food

Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Inc.: Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Inc. is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank: Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Romano's Macaroni Grill: For every day the government shutdown is in effect, Macaroni Grill is offering all furloughed federal government employees a free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Government workers can get a buy-one-get-one free sandwich deal Wednesday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 27 when they show a federal government ID.

Freestore Foodbank: Freestore Foodbank is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Senate Restaurant: The restaurant is offering to feed all federal employees and their children for free at both their Over-the-Rhine and Blue Ash locations.

Cincinnati Public Schools: Cincinnati Public Schools: Families affected by the shutdown may qualify for free or reduced meal plans for their children. Registration online. Questions, 513-363-0800

The Foodbank, Inc.: The Foodbank, Inc. is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Shared Harvest Foodbank: Shared Harvest Foodbank is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank: Mid-Ohio Foodbank is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

West Ohio Food Bank: West Ohio Food Bank is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

SE Ohio Foodbank: SE Ohio Foodbank is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio: Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Clark, Champaign, & Logan Counties: Second Harvest Foodbank of Clark, Champaign, & Logan Counties is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank: Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley: Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley is offering food assistance to all furloughed workers affected by the government shutdown.

Health

TriHealth: Will not ask for co-pays if patients alert staff they are a government employee at time of service. Billing for those services will be delayed until the shutdown ends.

Retail and Services

Tanger Outlets: Now through January 28th, Tanger Outlets is offering a free $20 Gift Card to impacted government employees.

 

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