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Help, deals available for federal workers etc. impacted by shutdown

Posted at 3:56 PM, Jan 11, 2019

Here is a list of special deals and resources that are being made available for federal employees who are not receiving paychecks or other people and businesses who may be impacted by shutdown:


Federal employees can file an unemployment insurance claim online or by calling the following numbers:
Northern Nevada (775) 684-0350;
Southern Nevada (702) 486-0350;
Rural Areas and Out of State Callers: (888) 890-8211 (Toll Free).

Claim filing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nevada Unemployment Work Search requirements will be waived for these federal workers for an initial indefinite period during the current government shutdown beginning 12/22/18.

It is important to note, that federal employees who receive unemployment benefits and also later receive compensation (a retroactive payment/backpay) from the federal government for the same time period, will be required to repay the UI benefits received.

De Castroverde Law Group is offering free legal help to federal workers in Southern Nevada who are facing the possibility of losing their homes through eviction or foreclosure.

Dollar Loan Center is offering emergency interest-free loans to federal workers affected by the government shutdown. The loans will be up to $2,500 and made available to federal employees in Nevada and Utah.

Southwest Gas and NV Energy have also said that it will work with their customers who are federal employees during the shutdown.

The City of North Las Vegas is also helping federal employees or contractors in good standing who receive water and sewer services to sign up for a deferred payment plan if necessary.

City of Henderson’s Department of Utility Services is offering a three-month deferment in payment for water and sewer bills (call 702-267-5900) and the Parks and Recreation Department is offering deferred payment for certain recreational services, such as the SafeKey program, registration for youth sports, park rentals and recreation classes (must show ID).

Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine has announced that federal workers in Nevada impacted by the prolonged government shutdown will be able to defer payments on their Nevada Prepaid Tuition plans. Over the next several weeks, the Treasurer’s office will be providing outreach to families affected by the government shutdown to work with them on flexible payment options for their tuition plans.

AT&T says that it will waive late fees, provide extensions and coordinate with its federal customers during the shutdown and Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have also indicated they are will to work with customers.

Bank of America is offering personalized financial assistance. They can be reached at 844-219-06900.

Chase bank has set up a special line for federal employees and customers to call: 888-356-0023. They will also help customers who do business with a federal agency and are affected.

Discover card customers may be eligible for assistance such as skipping a payment or having late fees and interest charges reversed if they miss a payment. Call 800-347-3085 to request assistance.

The Navy Federal Credit Union is helping its customers who are federal employees. Government contractors may also be eligible if they receive direct deposits from the government.

Wells Fargo has also announced that it will work with individuals and business banking customers whose income has been impacted by the shutdown. Customers should call 1-800-TO-WELLS.


Port of Subs is offering free sandwiches to federal workers on Jan. 30 despite end of government shutdown. Federal employees with ID can pick up a free small classic sub of their choice at any Port of Subs of their choice.

Southwest Diner in Boulder City is offering 50 percent off to all government employees with government ID during the partial government shutdown.

Impacted government workers and their families are invited to a picnic at the Aspen Picnic Ground in Sunset Park on Jan. 16. The free event was created by Forest Williams and is co-sponsored by County Commissioner James B. Gibson. Lis Marie's Kitchen will be assisting with cooking and staffing. Volunteers needed to help serve food and coordinate activities. Contact Forest Williams at 786-859-1451 if you want to help.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is inviting federal employees impacted by shutdown to take advantage of their food pantry from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The church is located at 4601 W. Lake Mead Blvd. The church is requesting that indiviual provide proof they are federal employee.

BEER Park at Paris Las Vegas is offering free meals and non-alcoholic drinks to furloughed government employees effective from now through the duration of the government shutdown. The all-American menu includes next-level stadium-style cuisine, including barbecue ribs, oversized drumsticks and reuben sandwiches, all prepared with meats cooked on a custom-made Budweiser Beechwood Grill; as well as Shock Top-marinated bratwurst, nachos and more.

Evel Pie in downtown Las Vegas will be giving free slices to federal workers on Jan. 21. Also, Evel Pie and Golden Tiki are giving 25% discounts to teachers.

Three Square food bank says that it will help any federal employees who need it during the shutdown.


Paul Padda Law will be hosting a gas card give away to federal employees affected by the government shut down. Government employees are being encouraged to come by the office and pick up their gas cards. The cards will be given away from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at 4560 S. Decatur Blvd.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada will provide free rides to any furloughed federal employee until the government resumes all operations.


Lion Habitat Ranch is offering free admission to furloughed federal employees every Monday this month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lion Habitat Ranch is located near M Resort.

Downtown Container Park is providing reprieve and entertainment to furloughed federal workers and their families. Each guest with a valid ID will receive two complimentary tickets to The Dome at Container Park for themselves and a guest. This offer will run until the shutdown ends.

Fifteen Merlin Entertainments’ attractions nationwide are inviting federal employees affected by the shutdown to take a break for some fun. Merlin Entertainments is offering free admission for all U.S. government employees to its SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, and Dungeon attractions in the United States during the government shutdown. There is a Madame Tussauds inside The Venetian hotel-casino. The affected employees who be allowed in free include: Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture, Treasury, State, Interior, Transportation, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development.

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is offering free admission to federal government employees for the duration of the government shutdown (with valid I.D). In addition, The Underground speakeasy will offer $5 cocktails made with house-distilled moonshine to federal government employees during this time.

"Friends! The Musical Parody" at D Las Vegas is offering 2 free tickets for those who have been affected by government shutdown. To take advantage of this offer, guests should present proof of federal government employee status. Tickets are limited per night and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Please call ahead to the D Las Vegas box office to pre-reserve tickets at 702-388-2111.


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