AFFECTED? SIMPLY DIAL 2-1-1,
and speak with one of our 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 ($1000 for families; $750 for singles).
- The American Legion is offering a Temporary Assistance Program with interest free loans.
- Furloughed workers can review guidance about unemployment benefits here.
- SNAP, WIC, Free & Reduced Price Lunch, and other food security benefits are still active but check USDA for updates. February benefits are available early. Also, read about SNAP benefit tips.
- Public housing (Section 8) 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 January 28th. More information is available 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.
I want to help, what can I do?
- Donate to the Federal Employee Emergency Relief Fund
- Donate requested items to United Way 2-1-1 for distribution:
- Grocery Stores (Kroger, Publix, Walmart, etc.)
- Gas Cards
- Drop off at United Way, 428 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401
- Donate services to those affected by filling out the form below or calling Krista Boyd at 912-651-7718. We will be collecting service donations and letting people know what is available through 2-1-1.