King County 2-1-1 and Crisis Connections are committed to helping our communities impacted by the federal government shutdown. Furloughed federal employees and government contractors in need of social services and individuals with questions about availability of public benefits can call 2-1-1 to get help.
Our 2-1-1 specialists can help those in need connect to food pantries, health care services and utility and eviction prevention assistance. Callers also can receive information on mental health counseling, transportation, job training, substance use recovery services, child care and volunteer opportunities.
Additional information about unemployment benefits for furloughed employees is available from OPM at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/#url=Unemployment-Insurance-Resources
2-1-1 is a free, confidential referral and information service that connects people in King County to a specialist who can help find local health and human services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information visit crisisconnections.org
Government workers affected by the shutdown may also visit http://211.org/services/govshutdown for helpful links and information on a number of topics including financial relief and support from utility providers and banks as lists of programs for union and credit union members.