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Banks, phone companies, nonprofits roll out help for federal workers amid government shutdown

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Janna Herron | USA Today
Deborah Goldstein

As 800,000 federal employees brace for another missed paycheck this week, banks, cellphone companies and nonprofit organizations are stepping up to help workers hurt by the month-long government shutdown.

Creditors from big banks to local credit unions and utility and telecom companies are offering forbearance, waiving late fees and providing short-term, no-interest loans for affected workers. For many, it’s the first time they have rolled out a nationwide plan for a government shutdown.