To all of our federal workers, government contractors, and everyone impacted by the government shutdown, we at CPRO want to thank you for your service to our community and the nation. We understand how difficult this time can be for you and your family. In place of our regular newsletter this week, we’ve compiled a list of resources available to assist those impacted by the shutdown.

If you have information on additional resources not listed here, please let us know so that we may share them with the community. We encourage everyone to support our local nonprofits and businesses now and throughout the year, so they may continue to provide services and benefits to all those in need.

Financial/Bill Assistance

Arlington County
In addition to the resources we’ve listed here, the Arlington County website lists numerous other resources, such as waivers for overdue library books and assistance for rental property owners.

Arlington Thrive
Arlington Thrive is the only organization in Arlington that provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience a sudden financial crisis.

Northern Virginia Family Service
For nearly 100 years, NVFS has provided high-quality assistance to individuals and families in crisis and are prepared to assist those affected by the current shutdown.

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund
The FEEA offers Emergency Hardship Loans to cover rent or mortgage payments and home utility bills. 

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities offers emergency financial assistance for those with an eviction or 5-day pay-or-quit notice, or a utility cut-off notice.

Arlington Taxpayer Assistance Program
If you are having trouble paying your County taxes, please call the Taxpayer Hotline at 703-228-4000 as you may be eligible for a TAP short-term loan to cover your tax bills.

Arlington County Utilities
Federal employees may be eligible for a payment arrangement and waiver of any late fees for water and sewer bills through Arlington County.

Washington Gas
Washington Gas has announced that it will offer flexible payment arrangements for government employees directly impacted.

Dominion Energy
Dominion Energy is offering payment extensions, long-term payment plans, and bill payment assistance options.

Verizon Wireless
Federal employees can make payment arrangements through Verizon’s “Promise to Pay” and Verizon has stated it is waiving late fees and agent assist fees for federal employees.

Food Assistance

Arlington Food Assistance Center
AFAC will supply Arlington residents free supplemental groceries.

National School Lunch Program
Families experiencing hardship during the federal government shutdown are welcome to complete the confidential, online application for the National School Lunch program.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
AWLA’s Pet Food Pantry has opened its doors to furloughed employees that need assistance feeding their pets.

Employment Services

Arlington Employment Center
The AEC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for any impacted federal employees who wish to receive job search and employment case management services or to receive assistance in applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC).

Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia residents are eligible to receive unemployment benefits starting one week from the date of the shutdown. VEC also offers new job search assistance.

Local Offers

Josephine’s Kitchen
2501 Columbia Pike. 25% off your entire bill with a government ID.

Sugar Shack Donuts
1014 S Glebe Rd. Three offers available: FREE coffee with purchase of a donut; FREE coffee and house donut with the purchase of six donuts; TWO FREE house donuts and coffees with purchase of a dozen donuts.

Papillon Cycles
2805 Columbia Pike. Discounted Bicycle Maintenance packages available through February 15 and FREE Bicycle Maintenance Classes Thursdays at 5 pm for furloughed workers affected by the shutdown.

Crystal City Restaurants
The new “Lunch on Us” program offers free food for feds at one restaurant each day this week.

DC-Area Deals for Furloughed Workers

Including food, drinks, and free activities.