Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, as the partial federal government shutdown extends into its second month, Mayor Bowser and the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) have announced a new program to provide mortgage assistance to District homeowners who are furloughed federal government employees. Through the District of Columbia Mortgage Assistance Program (DC MAP), financial assistance will be made available to qualified homeowners in the form of a zero-interest, recourse loan. DCHFA has allocated $9,000,000 for DC MAP and qualified homeowners will be able to receive up to $5,000 a month.
“Many people – myself included – who make a monthly mortgage payment depend on having a steady paycheck to be able to do so,” said Mayor Bowser. “Unfortunately, this unprecedented shutdown has created a tremendous amount of economic uncertainty for federal employees and their families, and so we are doing everything we can to ease the burden and alleviate stress. It is very unfortunate that this is what it has come to and I join millions of Americans in urging the President to work with Congress to end this shutdown and get our federal employees back to work.”
To qualify for DC MAP, a homeowner must: (more…)
Intentional or unintentional? That is the question. Or does it even matter at this point…
Thanks to Jess for sending:
“I think the Newseum is flying the DC flag upside down? I mean, we are in distress, but…”
Fortunately the Newseum quickly replied:
“Whoops, you’re right. We are fixing it right now.”
From an email:
“Friday marks the second missed paycheck for furloughed government employees, and throwback hangout Players Club wants to lighten the load a bit. Employees who show their government ID at Players Club on January 25 will be treated to free Timber Pizza and Stella Artois from noon to 4pm to help ease the sting of another weekend sans pay. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user District Shots
My husband was laid off this morning as a result of the shut down. He is not a federal employee and does not have a federal ID as many contractors have. Unfortunately his private company relies on federal contracts (land management and tree maintenance) and is unable to continue work on those contracts due to the shutdown. As a result they laid off about 10% of their staff this morning and told the remaining staff to expect additional layoffs in the coming weeks if this shut down does not end.
In looking for resources that may be of assistance to us, I have discovered that most of the available resources (community kitchens, financial assistance etc.) require a federal ID. Do you know how others that are furloughed/laid off as a result of the shut down but don’t have a federal ID are accessing these resources?”
Another reader asks:
“I was wondering since you’ve had coverage of the furlough whether you have suggestions on what charities are providing direct aid (food banks, meals, clothing, etc.) to Federal workers and contractors. I’ve been both, and I feel sympathy for the individuals and families suffering through the shutdown.” (more…)
1124 9th Street, NW
“Thursday, Jan 17th 5:30pm – 8:30pm
This shutdown is a disgrace. To show our love and solidarity with the communities affected we want to do what we’ve always done in the face of adversity: get together with the people we love, and throw a little party.
Join the Mapbox team at Baby Wale and show some Gov ❤️ Love. We’ll kick off with drinks and food (on us) at 5:30pm. This event is free to all attendees. See you there!
From Chopt Creative Salad Co (sorry I missed last night):
“Wednesday, Jan 16 through Friday, Jan 18, Chopt will be supporting DC Federal Workers by serving a Warm Bowl to any federal worker from 6-8pm at all DC Metro locations – free of charge with a federal government ID.”
Thanks to Syndey for sharing this awesomeness:
“Federal employee: Wake Me Up When the Shutdown Ends.
When we all missed our first paycheck this weekend, I decided to make this music video to cope.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman
From a press release:
“One of the most troubling stories arising from the current government shut down is the break in pay for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). While the other members of the uniformed services are receiving pay, the men and women of the Coast Guard are not. The USCG falls under the Department of Homeland Security, which has not received its appropriation due to the shutdown.
One organization that will be called on to meet the short-term needs of Coast Guardsmen in financial distress is Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA). “Established and operated by Coast Guard people for Coast Guard people, CGMA provides a way to extend compassion to one another in times of need. It serves as a vital financial safety net, promoting financial stability and general wellbeing, fostering high morale and encouraging a sense of loyalty to the Coast Guard.”
In response to this looming crisis, Kenneth H. Nash Post #8 on Capitol Hill will be conducting a special happy hour fundraiser at its post at 224 D ST SE Washington DC 20003, from 5:30PM to 8PM on 17 January 2019. The fundraiser will be headlined by Nashville recording Artists ‘Wil Gravatt’ band (https://www.wilgravatt.com/). The cost of the event is $10. In addition, The Post will be conducting a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction. The Post has started a Go Fund Me Page for those who wish to separately donate (https://goo.gl/N4Unca). All proceeds from the event go to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. (more…)
From an email:
“National Geographic will offer complimentary tickets to select screenings of FREE SOLO at AMC Georgetown for federal employees who are impacted by the partial government shutdown.
Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the theater starting one hour before the screening. Federal employees with a valid government ID may each receive up to two tickets and vouchers for popcorn and soda.
FREE SOLO is playing in IMAX for one week only nationwide and in Canada. Federal employees should contact [email protected] with questions.