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Resources Available for Families Affected by Government Shutdown

Jan. 25, 2019 (Updated) -- Cleveland-area agencies and businesses are offering help to families experiencing hardship as a result of the government shutdown.

City of Cleveland Heights
City officials finalized on Friday, Jan. 25, a partial relief package that will defer utility payments for furloughed federal workers and affected landlords. Click here for more information.

City of University Heights
The city is collecting donations for USO to benefit Coast Guard families affected by the shutdown. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall.

Hebrew Free Loan Association
Northeast Ohioan furloughed government workers (of any faith) can call (216) 378-9042 to inquire about a 0% interest loan to help them during this time. HFLA will delay repayment until the shutdown ends. Click here for more information.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank/SNAP Recipient Information
The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is offering help to connect people to food and other resources. If you need help, please call (216) 738-2067. Food stamp recipients will receive February benefits on or around January 20 (one month early). The food bank advises to carefully spend your benefit to make sure it lasts both months.

The food bank will be distributing fresh milk at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank (15500 S Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110) through the month of January at the following times:

Mondays: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesdays: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Fridays: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

They will also distribute fresh produce February 21 from 4-6 p.m.

Full SNAP benefit update from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank 

The food bank also hosts school markets at Boulevard Elementary (first Tuesday of the month) and Oxford Elementary (third Tuesday of the month), where anyone can come and receive free, fresh food from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

More Resources:
*Note: This is not an exhaustive list of all resources available to area families. We encourage those affected by the shutdown to research further resources as needed. If you have any additions or edits to this list, please email us at [email protected].
Akron MetroAll Federal employees ride free with valid ID
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (Beachwood) Free community meal on Jan. 31 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. RSVP at the link.
AT&T and DirectTV Revised payment schedules and waived late fees
Bank of AmericaCall the client assistance program 844-219-0690
Burntwood Tavern, M Italian, Rose ItalianFree meal to all government employees on Tuesdays
ChaseWaived or refunded overdraft fees and monthly service fees available1-888-356-0023
Cleveland SweetsOne dozen cupcakes for kids birthdays with government ID 216-584-8494
Cleveland Zoo Free Admission on Mondays with government ID
CORUS45 Offering affected workers three free workout classes valued at $90.00
Columbia GasWaive late payment fees and offer extended payment arrangements
City of Cleveland HeightsDeferred utility payments for furloughed workers and landlords
City of University HeightsUSO donations for Coast Guard families
Farmers State Bank0% Interest on line of credit with no loan fees for impacted government workers during shutdown
Firehouse Sports Bar and Grill Free meals to government employees with government ID 8611 Ridge Road, North Royalton
Great Big Home and Garden Center Free admission Feb.1-10 with government ID
Greater Cleveland Food BankFree half-gallons of milk through Jan. 30
Hebrew Free Loan AssociationMicro loans to any faith, interest free from 12-36 months
Inner Bliss Yoga Studio (three locations)Complimentary classes for federal workers with government ID
Macaroni Grill (all locations)Free spaghetti and meatballs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. with government ID
Medworks Free Medical and Women's Health Clinic March 2
Mentor Salt CaveFree relaxation visits for federal employees
Quintana's Barbershop & Dream SpaTeamed up with 40 other area salons & barbershops to offer complimentary haircuts for federal employees
Rescue VillagePet food pantry no ID required, pickup on Fridays15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Free admission with government ID 1100 E. 9th St. Cleveland
SkyzoneFederal employees and their families get 1 hour free jumping time in Westlake and Highland Heights with ID
StouffersFederal employees may call 1-800-225-1180 to request coupons for food
Trinity Lutheran Church LakewoodFree groceries and hot meals through the duration of the furlough. Food pantry on Jan. 26 10am to noon. Community meals Feb. 4 6-7:30 pm, Feb. 10 4pm, Feb. 16 4pm.
Wells Fargo Payment assistance programs available based on individual circumstances
YMCA Greater ClevelandAccess to all federal employees who are current members; will halt payments and fees during the shutdown

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