DENVER – Thousands of federal employees aren’t getting paid this Friday as the partial government shutdown continues, but some Colorado businesses are offering their help as workers who live paycheck to paycheck look for ways to make ends meet.
The following businesses across the state are either offering free meals, waiving late fees or connecting furloughed employees to other resources such as health care, childcare, mental health resources and much more.
Colorado-based Alpine Bank has set aside $5 million to loan to federal employees affected by the shutdown. Workers who take advantage of these loans won’t have to pay back until six months after the shutdown is over.
Consumers who pay their bill on att.com are being offered payment extensions on their bills and the company is also waiving late fees. If you want to make payment arrangements, click here .
Starting Friday, January 11, federal workesr may scan their federal ID and email Denver B-cycle to request a code to ride the B-cycles around town for free. People can also email B-cycle at firstname.lastname@example.org to get their code.
City of Denver
A new Temporary Mortgage Assistance program will offer financial assistance to homeowners who are facing hardship due to unexpected changes in their employment status – including furlough, temporary layoff or significant reduction of hours worked. The program, being offered through a partnership with Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center, will provide households up to two months or $5,000 maximum of help to cover mortgage payments. The Program will be begin accepting applications this Wednesday, January 16 through Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center.
Colorado Pet Pantry
The Colorado Pet Pantry is also offering services for furloughed workers with pets. Here is their site with a link to their calendar on what days they will be offering help.
DIRECTV customers can go here for instructions on how to take advantage of flexible payment options.
The Mexican restaurant, located at 720 Arapahoe Street in Golden, is offering a complimentary burrito and soft drink with federal ID.
Fazoli’s is offering free baked Spaghetti with the purchase of a drink. Offer is good from January 7 through the January 20.
Food Bank of the Rockies
Food Bank of the Rockies is helping people affected by the shutdown. Officials said they’re making sure they have extra food on their mobile pantries and are planning to extend their distribution on Saturday.
“We want to make sure people know food is available if they need it,” said a spokesperson.
Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry
As long as shutdown is happening, Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry is waving normal income requirements for government employees impacted by furlough.
Lucha Cantina in Littleton and Georgetown will serve any adult with a federal ID, and their children, complimentary meals from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until the government re-opens.
Mile High United Way
The Mile High United Way 211 Help Center is committed to helping individuals and families impacted by the federal government shutdown, as well as any individual or family who needs to get connected to resources. Furloughed federal employees and government contractors in need of resources can call 211 and get connected to resources. Also, it is important to note that 211 is a statewide program, so all Coloradans can call 211 and get connected to resources. Our 211 call center specialists can help connect people to health care services, food pantries, mental health resources, childcare, and utility and eviction prevention assistance, and more.
Present your federal ID badge and get a complimentary grain bowl. The offer is good from Saturday, January 12 through Monday, January 14.
Two sisters and their mom own Oblio’s. They’re giving complimentary dinners to government employees impacted by the shutdown. Speaking to Denver7, they said they “feel badly for employees and it’s the least they can do.” Offer is good until the government reopens.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter is giving free food to furloughed employees
Starting January 11, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) will offer food and resources to federal employees and constituents who are affected by the partial government shutdown. Breakfast and lunch meals will be offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until the partial government shutdown ends. The meals are being offered at 12600 W. Colfax Ave., B-400 in Lakewood, Colo.
Sheraton Denver Tech Center
Sheraton Denver Tech Center is offering free pizza or salad to fed workers at the hotel for lunch and dinner until the end of January or the shutdown. Contact GM Erik Pederson 303 799 6200.
The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria
Between now and the end of the day Wednesday, Jan. 16, The Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria will give a free meal to those furloughed federal workers who show their employment ID.
Please note: You must present a valid federal ID badge to take advantage of these offers.
Editor's note: Denver7 Assignment Editor Mikayla Ortega contributed to this report.
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