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South Florida Businesses Offering Aid to Furloughed Federal Workers During Government Shutdown

With the government on day 25 of the longest government shutdown in the United States history, some local and national companies are offering federal workers savings ranging from zero-low interest loans, cable and internet deals and even free meals.

From Dec. 22, 800,000 federal workers have been without pay and won’t get paid until the government opens.

Here are a few companies that are lending a helping hand:

 

Internet, Phone, and Cable

DIRECTV, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are offering qualified customers flexible payment options and “Promise to Pay” programs that will allow customers to spread their service payments over time, in order to keep their service uninterrupted during the government shut down.

 

Financial Assistance from Banks and Credit Unions:

Financial service companies like Chase and Wells Fargo are offering financial assistance. And loan services. Credit Unions like the Congressional Federal Credit Union are offering furloughed employees “Relief Line of Credit”, an interest-free loan over the first 60 days. U.S. Employees Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union, are offering  interest-free loans

Here are some additional financial institutions offering aid and how they can be reached:

Discover: 800-347-2683.

Bank of America: 844-219-0690

Chase: 888-356-0023

US Bank: 877-760-6046

 

Museums:

Many museums in South Florida are offering free admission to federal employees with a guest when they show their government ID in person at the Museum, here are some listed below: 

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum

History Miami Museum

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 

Perez Art Museum

The Wolfsonian-FIU

The Bass Museum of Art

 

Food:

Farm Share a non-profit organization located in Homestead is donating food for those in need, In Miami-Dade, they can be reached at (305) 246-3276 and in Broward at (954) 942-6785.

Chef Creole, a Haitian restaurant, located in Miami International Airport is offering Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers free dinner and lunches