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With no end in sight, these local and national businesses are helping Cincinnati furloughed workers.


The government shutdown began on Saturday, December 21 and is affecting more than 800,000 nationally. In that count, are workers right here in Cincinnati who you see every day and provide services we all need. Many government workers are being furloughed or working without pay during the longest partial shutdown in history. While their pay has been halted, their bills have not. Below is a list of companies aiding those in need. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting. 

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Cinfed Credit Union – Offering two loan options for federal employees affected by the government shutdown. Furlough Loan: A personal loan with a 2% rate discount for 12 months; 60-Day Coverage Loan, a 60-day no fee, no interest loan to be repaid 60 days from funding.

Chase BankOverdraft and monthly service fees will be waived on Chase checking and savings accounts. Hardship programs are also available. Call local branch for details.

Discover – Impacted federal workers may be eligible for assistance such as skipping a payment or having late fees and interest charges reverse. To request assistance, call 800-347-2683.

PayPal – Offering an interest-free one-time cash advance, up $500 to existing or new customers who are U.S. federal government employees impacted by the shutdown

Stock Yards Bank & Trust – Furloughed government employees can apply for a 90-day, no-fee, interest-free loan of up to $1500, assistance with loan extensions, fees, and consumer checking service charges. Call 800-625-9066 or visit any of the five banking offices.


Cincinnati Public Schools – Families affected by the shutdown may qualify for free or reduced meal plans for their children. Register online or call 513-363-0800 for additional information.

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TriHealth – 
Co-pays will be waived at the time of service. Government employees must alert staff that they are furloughed. Billing for those services will be delayed until the shutdown ends.

St. Elizabeth – Co-pays waived at the time of service. Furloughed patient must communicate that they are affected by the shutdown. Contact the hospital to discuss current accounts and options. 

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati – Monthly dues for federal workers with a government ID card will be waived in January. Offer valid at all locations.


Sky ZoneFederal government employees and up to three family members can receive a free 60-minute jump per day. Must show government ID. Offer valid Tuesday through Thursday until January 31.


AT&TGovernment employees are eligible for flexible payment options to continue service. Their customer service team will adjust late fees, provide extensions, and coordinate revised payment schedules.

T-MobileOffering flexible payment options that allow customers to spread their service payments over time. Payment deferral is also an option. Call 877-746-0909 for more information.

Verizon – Waiving late fees and agent assist fees. Call 1-866-266-1445 for assistance.


Condado TacosFree tacos for furloughed government employees. No purchase is necessary, but you will have to show your government ID. Offer valid at 195 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

La Soupe (Cincinnati State) – Furloughed workers and their families are invited to a 2-day popup, January 23 and 24. Carryout meals available both days from 2-8 p.m. and will be distributed in the parking lot on campus or guests can dine in the Summit restaurant, 5-8 p.m.

PotbellyOffering BOGO sandwiches to federal employees carrying their ID. This deal is available to all furloughed employees from January 23-27. Locations include Kenwood-Sycamore, Florence, downtown, Rookwood, Colerain, and Deerfield.

SenateBoth locations will offer government workers and their kids affected by the shutdown free meals. Locations are 1212 Vine St. (OTR) and 1100 Summit Place Drive (Blue Ash). Call restaurant for hours. 

Smokin’ This and That BBQFlorence restaurant is offering free food to all federal employees.


Airbnb Any federal executive branch employee in Ohio who hosts either an experience or three nights in their home over the three months between December 18, 2018, and March 18, 2019, will receive a one-time bonus up to $110 extra from Airbnb. Sign up online.

Compass Storage – Offering to postpone rent due until the shutdown ends and will not charge any late payment fees. Customers must present proper documentation in order to be included in this special program. Go online or contact local Compass Self-Storage center for more information.

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Many have started GoFundMe pages, or have become Uber drivers to help with bills. The biggest item the shutdown effects is their healthcare. Most are unable to fill their prescriptions. If there are any other services for Cincinnati furloughed workers we have missed, let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.



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