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Government Shutdown Resource Page

If you or a loved one has been impacted by the current government shutdown, 2-1-1 San Diego may be able to help.
Simply dial “2-1-1” to speak to a specialist, or search for resources using the icons below.


If you are concerned about your CalFresh benefits, click HERE

Additional Local / National Resources

Restaurants / Food

Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Oceanside & Chula Vista) For every day the government shutdown is in effect, Macaroni Grill is offering all furloughed federal government employees a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti. All you have to do is show your federal ID. Valid through until the Government shutdown ends, with valid federal ID. Valid 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chula Vista: 2015 Birch Rd. Suite 2500 Chula Vista, CA 91915 619-656-0966

Oceanside: 2655 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054 760-722-9905

Loans / Financial Assistance

Navy Federal Credit Union is offering a zero-percent APR loan up to $6,000 during the government shutdown to federal employees and active duty members of the coast guard whose pay has been disrupted by the shutdown, and who have an established direct deposit account. You can register on the Navy Federal Credit Union Website, in branches or by phone at (888) 842-6328. Members impacted by the shutdown who don’t meet the eligibility requirement should visit a branch or call to discuss their situation.

Mission Federal is offering government shut down affected members financial assistance in the form of a fee waiver on qualified Skip-A-Pay loans, a 3.99% APR loan with terms up to 24 months and a 0% APR loan for those who will receive back-pay. Plus, you can ask for an extension on an existing loan. To register call the Contact Center at (800)500-6328 or visit any branch for more information. For Mortgage Loan or HELOC assistance, contact the Loss Mitigation department at (858)524-2074.

Chase is offering hardship programs to members who are employees of, or do business with, a U.S. federal agency and their income is affected by the shutdown.  Affected members experiencing a financial hardship can call the special care line at (888)356-0023 for more information.

Citibank will automatically refund any monthly service or overdraft fees for bank customers who are federal employees with direct deposit to a Citibank account. In addition, banking affected federal employees banking customers may be eligible for fee adjustments, including overdraft fees and many more programs. For more information call Citi’s dedicated assistance lines and when prompted for your call reason, mention ‘government shutdown’ to speak with a representative.

Bank of America is offering federal workers special options that are typically reserved for victims of natural disasters including government shutdowns. These programs include mortgage forgiveness for up to 3 months, auto loan forgiveness for up to 2 months and a suspension of late fees, credit reporting and overdraft penalties. The bank has set up a priority assistance phone line that clients can contact at (844)219-0690 or schedule an appointment to meet with a specialist in person.

Cabrillo Credit Union is offering a zero-percent APR loan up to $5,000 during the government shutdown to federal employees whose pay has been disrupted by the shutdown. Also offering 5% and 9% loan options to members not eligible for %0 loan option. For more information and online loan application click here.

Cal Coast Credit Union is offering government shutdown relief loans in the form of 0% APR 90-day personal loan for the amount of your last net payroll up $5,000 or a 90-day loan payment deferral for existing Cal Coast loan holders. For more information visit a branch or call (877)495-1600.

USAA is offering a special government shutdown loan programs to support eligible members who are active Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corp, the Public Health Service Corps and their spouses and have a deposit relationship as of 01/13/2019 with USAA Federal Savings Bank. Call to discuss your options at (210)531-USAA (8722), (800)531-USAA (8722) or our mobile shortcut, #8722.

San Diego County Credit Union is offering federal government employees whose pay is impacted by the government shutdown 0% APR personal loan1 or a 90-day loan deferral. The 0% APR Personal Loan is available for the amount of the customer’s last net payroll Direct Deposit up to $5,000 with no credit check. To take advantage of the loan, customers must have an existing Direct Deposit with SDCCU preceding the government shutdown and their account must be in good standing. For more details, visit sdccu.com/relief.

Wells Fargo is offering automatic fee reversals and waivers to impacted federal employees as well. The bank will work with customers whose income is disrupted as a result of the shutdown. Customers should call the newly-established customer assistance line at 800-219-9739 to be connected with a team member or visit any Wells Fargo branch for assistance.

Point Loma Credit Union– Federal employees affected by the shutdown can call 888-495-3400 or book an appointment online for more information about assistance available through PLCU.

SoFi can help with student loans, mortgages, and more. Federal employees may be eligible for payment forbearance on your SoFi loan.

TransUnion can help if you are affected by the government shutdown and concerned about how late or missed bill payments may impact your credit.

PayPal is offering an interest free one time cash advance, up to your available credit line for a maximum of $500 (with a minimum amount of $250) to existing or new PayPal Credit customers who are federal employees impacted by the shutdown.

Cellular Phone Assistance 

T-Mobile is providing account support to customers affected to ensure wireless service remains available during the shutdown. Customers who are Federal Employees and need short term account assistance can work with a representative on solutions to meet their needs.

Verizon is waving late fees and agent assist fees for federal employees that is directly impacted for the duration of the shutdown.

Sprint Customer Care is prepared to work with federal government employees seeking short term payment solutions. Impacted customers should call, go online or chat with a Care representative. Additional information about payment options are available online.

AT&T is offering a flexible payment options to keep your service running. Customer service team will adjust late fees, provide extensions and coordinate on revised payment schedules.

Cable / Phone / Internet Assistance 

DirectTV is offering a “Make a Promise to Pay” where you can make payment arrangements and can request a service interruption extension.

Cox Cable is offering an option to limit late payment reminders to give you more time to pay without worrying about interruption of services.

Automobile Insurance Assistance 

Geico Insurance agents are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist with payment options and insurance needs.

Animal Services

Wag Hotels is offering Federal employees affected by the government shutdown, 3 days of free daycare for their canine companion. Please visit their Facebook page to schedule your pet, and mention that you heard about this special from MyFEDBenefits.


GoFundMe is offering help to those impacted by the shutdown, you can donate to one of the many verified GoFundMe campaigns.