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Federal Government Shutdown Assistance



Federal Shutdown and DC

During a shutdown, there are no winners and our nation’s federal workers, including the 170,000 federal employees who work in Washington, DC, pay the highest prices. We know that during a federal government shutdown, many employees and businesses in the District experience a sudden loss of income. We also know that the effects are not limited to federal employees and that there are trickle down impacts on our local economy.


1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE

1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
1800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, 20020


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Food Assistance

Several organizations and agencies are pitching in to offer food assistance, including groceries and meals, to affected workers.

Find out more.

Mortgages, Loans and Credit

Many lenders will waive late fees and other penalties for affected federal employees. In addition, some banks and credit unions are offering low or no interest rate loans to help people who need immediate cash.

Learn about how to get help.


During the partial federal government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018, and ended on January 25, 2019, 8,278 Federal workers and an estimated 2,138 contractors, for a combined estimated total of 10,416 individuals filed for unemployment benefits in the District of Columbia.

Learn more about filing for unemployment benefits.