Resources for Furloughed Employees

Federal Government Shutdown Resources

Please read through this information for those impacted by the current government shutdown.  
More resources will be added as they are made available.


Utility Assistance:


Atlantic City Electric is offering assistance in South Jersey through LIHEAP.  Atlantic City Electric offers a number of other programs, including the Universal Service Fund, New Jersey SHARES, and the Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE), which appears to be a good fit for the furloughed. It helps people with low to moderate income who are going through a temporary financial crisis.  

PSE&G may allow 60-day grace periods to furloughed employees. Call 1-800-510-3102 or 211.


Mobile Assistance:


AT&T Customers affected by the shutdown are eligible for flexible payment options. AT&T will adjust late fees, provide extensions and coordinate revised payment schedules.


Verizon will waive late fees for federal employees for the duration of the shutdown. The Promise to Pay program allows you to set a future date for a payment.

Sprint customers may set up short-term payment plans by calling 888-211-4727.


T-Mobile is offering flexible payment options to spread payments over time, as well as payment deferral. Call T-Mobile Customer Care at 1-877-746-0909.



Banks and Lenders:


Bank of America offers personalized financial assistance during the shutdown. Call 844-219-0690.


Chase is asking its customers who are affected to call its care line at 1-888-356-0023. It offers hardship programs and waives monthly service fees.


Navy Federal Credit Union customers who use direct deposit can register for its government shutdown loan program, which includes a 0.00 percent APR. The loan amount is based on the direct deposit of pay that was previously processed. The loan is good for 60 days or however long the shutdown lasts.


Congressional Federal Credit Union customers who are current furloughed employees can apply for a relief line of credit, which is interest-free for 60 days. Call 800-491-2328 for other loans options.


The U.S. Employees Credit Union may provide assistance in the form of government shutdown loans to members who have direct deposit. The loans are interest-free (0.00 percent APR) for up to 60 days.


Qualified federal employees can apply for a $100 to $6,000 low-rate, quick loan through the U.S. Bank. It is available to customers with any U.S. Bank product, including mortgage and auto loans or U.S. Bank credit cards. Call its government shutdown service line at 877-760-6046.


Wells Fargo customers should call 1-800-TO-WELLS for help with payment assistance programs.


OceanFirst customers experiencing financial hardships due to the U.S. Government shutdown should contact the Mortgage Relief Team at 732-240-4500 X 7714 for possible assistance.


Provident Bank will offer eligible customers financial assistance during the shutdown.  You should call their Contact Center at 800-448-7768.


TD Bank offers the TD Cares Payment Assistance Program offers late-fee refunds on credit cards; loan assistance for mortgage, home equity, auto or personal loan payments; small business loans; and loans of up to $1,000 of additional funds not currently available in your account, for those in good standing. There are no overdraft fees.


Discover is helping affected federal workers who are card members or have a loan with Discover Bank, asking them to apply for assistance, such as skipping a payment or reversing late fees if they miss payments because of the shutdown. Call for help at 1-800-DISCOVER.



Medical Assistance:


Inspira Health Network is waiving Urgent and ER visit copays and deductibles for furloughed employees and their dependents.


Cooper University Health Care is offering furloughed federal government employees, and their immediate family members, access to the health system’s primary care providers within 24-hours of their call for an appointment during the federal government shutdown.



Food Assistance:


Food Bank of South Jersey is the leading hunger relief organization in the region and is taking steps to mitigate the effects of this shutdown on families who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

Philabundance will host a new weekly distribution at an Emergency Market for government employees from 10 - 11 AM located under the 95 overpass on Front & Tasker in South Philadelphia.  The distribution will run until reimbursement checks are issued. Please bring your government ID. In case of bad weather, call 215-220-1920.


The United Way has launched a national campaign to support furloughed employees.  The United for U.S. Coalition will distribute money for local United Way chapters to support critical needs like food, energy assistance, utilities, rent, health care and more.


Virtua Health System is holding an emergency food drive to help local families affected by the government shutdown.


Morris Animal Refuge

Even for furloughed workers' furry friends affected by the shutdown, Morris Animal Refuge is offering assistance for those who need pet supplies.



Museums and Attractions:

Check out the GCLS Museum Pass Program available to all Adult GCLS Cardholders.


Philadelphia Museum of Art

With a government ID, you can get a free ticket to the museum, plus an additional one for a friend. The deal lasts through the duration of the shutdown. Kids 12 and younger are always free.


Museum of the American Revolution

The museum is open during the shutdown, and federal workers can take up to three guests for free to the museum for the remainder of the shutdown. A government ID must be shown at the front desk.


The Academy of Natural Sciences

The museum is offering pay-as-you-wish admission for employees with a government ID. The offer is valid for up to four people in a party. The rate is available until Jan. 31 or until the government reopens.


Eastern State Penitentiary

Federal employees will receive $2 off of their admission when they purchase tickets online using the code "OPENINPHL."


Longwood Gardens

Admission is free for furloughed workers and up to three guests through the remainder of the shutdown. Employees must show a valid government ID.


Philly POPS Big Band

Furloughed workers with a government-issued ID can receive a pair of tickets to "Jazzed! The Philly POPS Big Band with Terell Stafford." The show pays tribute to jazz of the '40s and '50s in Philly, along with guest vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. Shows take place Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m., or Jan. 19 and 20 at 3 p.m.


Walnut Street Theatre

The theater is offering two free tickets to government workers to Ken Ludwig's "A Comedy of Tenors" through Jan. 27. To take advantage of its furloughed federal workers' promotion, call 215-574-3550, ext. 1.


Morris Arboretum

Explore the 92 acres of Morris Arboretum for free with a government ID. Workers' families can also get in for free.


University of Pennsylvania Museum

General admission is free for government workers with a valid ID and up to five of their family members.


Independence Seaport Museum
Employees of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Park Service will receive free admission to the museum, as well as all other employees affected by the shutdown. A valid government ID equates to free admission for you and up to three guests.


Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are offering free tickets to all affected workers, so they can attend upcoming Harlem Globetrotters events.