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R.I.A. Federal Credit Union officials said anyone struggling because of the ongoing partial government shutdown may call 1-800-742-CU4U.

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Wells Fargo is here to help customers who are experiencing hardship as a result of the federal government shutdown.


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The Washington Gas Budget Plan: This plan allows eligible customers to spread the cost of winter heating over the entire year. It helps to minimize the impact of typically higher seasonal bills and provides greater flexibility in managing a household budget. The Budget Plan is designed as a 12-month program, and we encourage customers to stay on it year-round to realize the potential benefits.

Payment Deferments: Washington Gas will work with all eligible customers who cannot pay the “past due bill amount” as well as the “current charges” on their gas bill, by offering deferred payment arrangements upon request by the customer. Washington Gas will comply with all applicable laws, tariff regulations and orders of its regulators when extending payment deferments to customers who show a willingness to pay past due amounts. The deferred payment agreement Washington Gas may enter into with its customers prevents further credit action on the account, including the assessment of late charges, mailed reminder and/or turn off notices, and collection calls, as long as the customer abides by the agreement.

The Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF): Founded by Washington Gas and administered by The Salvation Army, WAFF helps families who do not qualify for, or who have exhausted, government energy assistance. WAFF provides funds for all types of fuel to heat families’ homes during the winter heating season. Through its merger with AltaGas, Washington Gas has increased its funding to WAFF and broadened WAFF’s eligibility beyond low-income customers. For example, a family of four earning $75,050 could qualify for assistance. WAFF also accepts donations to assist neighbors in need. Every dollar donated to WAFF goes directly to those who need assistance because Washington Gas pays the administrative fees of the fund. For more information or to apply for assistance, contact The Salvation Army at 888-318-WAFF (9233) or visit Donations can also be made at this website.

DC Water announced a plan to immediately begin working with any federal worker who may need additional flexibility in paying their bill due to the partial government shutdown. Call customer service at 202-354-3600

Extended payment plans: Call 202-354-3600 to and work with customer assistance team.

SPLASH (Serving People by Lending A Supporting Hand): SPLASH is a DC Water program that helps customers maintain critical water and sewer service in times of financial emergencies.

DOEE Customer Assistance Program: This new program launched on January 1 and builds on the longtime Customer Assistance Program offered by DC Water for any customer in need. This and the newer versions of the program are administered by the city’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).

Impacted federal workers can learn more about options by calling customer service at 202-354-3600. More details on customer assistance options can be found on their website.

Ward 4 Councilman Brandon Todd used his Instagram to give information on Resources for Federal Workers




For customers in DC and Maryland, there are several programs, depending on the circumstance, that can help those in need including:

For more information on such, contact Pepco either by phone (1-800-643-3768 – DC; 1-800-735-2258 – Maryland) or on their website.

Martha’s Table

“Our doors are open to the entire community as they have been for nearly 40 years,” shares Tiffany Williams, our Chief Programs Officer here at Martha’s Table. “In addition to thousands of federal workers, the shutdown affects countless more whose industries are suffering, from restaurant workers to ride-share drivers. We stand with all individuals and families who feel the ripple effects of the shutdown.”

During the government shutdown, market hours on Tuesdays will be extended to 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at both our Northwest and Southeast locations. Market shoppers are also invited to shop twice per month while the government shutdown continues.

We know that the challenges of the government shutdown go beyond the need for food. We invite all affected to come together in community. We are hosting bi-weekly community dinners on Wednesdays at The Commons in an effort to provide relief and joy throughout the shutdown.


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January 11th: Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker will host “Shutdown Social” at Blair High School in Silver Spring. Free potluck social to support local federal workers, contractors, and their families from 6:30-9:30pm

RSVP Required.