Resources for Furloughed Employees
RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE EL PASO COMMUNITY FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IMPACTED BY THE SHUTDOWN
211 is a clearinghouse of information about available resources for federal employees impacted by the shutdown. If additional resources not listed below are needed, call 2-1-1 for more information. You can also reach out to our office at 915-541-1400.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL
Credit unions and banks are providing a variety of support depending on the institution to include no or low interest, short term loans, loan extension options and the ability to cash out CDs with no penalty. Some credit unions are also providing low interest loans to people who are not members of the credit union.
Financial institutions that are offering support include:
- GECU, www.gecu.com, 915-778-9221
- TFCU, www.tfcu.coop, 915-843-8328
- First Light Federal Credit Union, www.firstlightfcu.org, 915-562-1172
- Navy Federal Credit Union, 888-842-6328
- USAA, www.usaa.com, 800-531-USAA (8722)
- Bank of America, 844-219-0690
- Chase: www.chase.com, 888-356-0023
- Wells Fargo, www.wellsfargo.com, 800-TO-WELLS
- BBVA, www.bbva.com, 877-218-7254
DEFERRING PAYMENTS OR PAYMENT PLANS
Utilities to include El Paso Water Utility (915-594-5500), El Paso Electric (915-543-5970) and Texas Gas Service (800-700-2443) will work with customers to defer payments or create flexible payment plans.
Cell phone carriers, depending on the carrier, will work with customers to create flexible payment plans and to waive late fees. Carriers include AT&T (800-331-0500), Sprint (888-211-4727), T-Mobile (877-746-0909) and Verizon (866-266-1445)
The Texas Workforce Commission considers federal workers affected by the shutdown to be “laid off” from their jobs. You can apply for benefits at ui.texasworkforce.org 24 hours a day or by calling 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, go to https://twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/federal-shutdown-2018-twc.pdf.
Workforce Solutions Borderplex (915-887-2600, www.borderplexjobs.com) has created a list of employers willing to hire federal employees on a temporary basis.
Ysleta Independent School District is prioritizing furloughed workers to serve as substitute teachers. Candidates must have a minimum of 60 credit hours from a college or university, command of the English language, the ability to instruct and strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills. Complete an online employment application at www.yisd.net or call 915-434-0407 for more info.
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and their 125 non-profit partners (915-298-0353, www.elpasoansfightinghunger.org) has emergency food baskets for impacted employees available throughout the community at food pantries.
Kelly Memorial Food Pantry (915-261-7499, www.kellymemorialfoodpantry.com)
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND STRESS RELIEF
Emergence Health Network (www.emergencehealthnetwork.org) has a crisis hotline (915-779-1800 manned by qualified mental health professional and backed up by on-call professionals who are available 24/7. You can also visit one of their mental health clinics.
YMCA of El Paso (www.elpasoymca.org) is offering free family memberships to furloughed employees.
PRESCRIPTION AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Eli Lilly is offering support to customers struggling to afford insulin supplies during the shutdown due to lost wages. Customers can call the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center at 1-833-808-1234 to speak with a live representative or visit www.lilly.com/patient-resources for information about patient assistance programs for other medicines.