government shutdown

We’re now 32 days into the partial government shutdown and there’s still no end in sight.

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) --  We're now more than a month into the partial government shutdown and both President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers are no closer to making a deal now than they were a month ago.

Democrats rejected a deal from Trump that would end the shutdown.

And the president won't sign any deal that doesn't fund his border wall.

Tuesday marks day 32 of the shutdown.

If lawmakers don’t reach a deal by Friday, nearly 1 million federal workers will miss another paycheck.

Many federal workers are now relying on donations and food banks to survive, including some in Kansas City.

Places like JJ's Restaurant is one of the many places in the metro area helping out federal workers during the government shutdown. They say furloughed workers can order a tenderloin burger and fries from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as long as the shutdown lasts.

Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar on the Country Club Plaza are also offering free meals.

Other places include Harvesters Food Pantry, St. Paul’s Food Pantry, Boulevard Beer and Fazoli’s.

Congress members are also stepping forward to help.

Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids announced local support for federal workers at an event Tuesday.

"We know that there are real impacts, real families that need help,” Davids said at the event. “And Congressman Cleaver and I are working together to provide relief in the immediate."

That help will include working with various utility companies and banks on both sides of the state line to provide re-payment plans and low interest loans.

Cleaver noted the help is especially necessary in the Kansas City area because of the high number of federal offices located here.

"We have 160 federal agencies, 160 United States federal agencies, doing federal work right here in our community," he explained, adding that those offices account for thousands of federal workers, both furloughed or working-without pay, in the metro.

Both lawmakers compiled a list of available resources for furloughed workers, including from multiple financial institutions.

Community America Credit Union: No interest loans, credit extension, short term financial loans

  • Mazuma Credit Union (Kansas City, MO and Overland Park, KS):
    Mazuma Credit Union was founded in Kansas City for the purpose of helping Federal Employees. As Mazuma has grown to serve the entire Kansas City area, we still hold our founders close to our heart. Mazuma has a variety of options to help serve our government employee members who have had their paychecks directly impacted during this shutdown. Mazuma is working with our Government employee members to assist with payment deferments in order to keep their loans on track. To date, Mazuma has helped over 150 members avoid negative credit reporting. In addition, Mazuma is offering existing members, who have missed a direct deposit due to the shutdown, the opportunity to obtain the missed funds through a 0% loan, with no payments for 60 days.
  • KUMC Credit Union (Shawnee, KS)
    KUMC Credit Union has received requests to defer loan payments during the shutdown. They are working with members to accommodate those requests for loans that were current and in good standing at the time of the shutdown. They will also consider emergency no interest loans to qualifying members who are government employees affected by the shutdown.
  • Central Missouri Community Credit Union (Warrensburg, MO)
    Credit union members who are federal employees and need financial help or resources due to the government shutdown are asked to contact the credit union directly for assistance and determine plan of action that best fits their needs.
  • USPLK Employees Federal Credit Union (Leavenworth, KS)
    USPLK EFCU is offering skip pay programs and emergency loans with very low rates for members who are federal employees affected by the government shutdown.
  • Frontier Community Credit Union (Leavenworth, KS)
    • Emergency Relief Loan – 1% APR, 60 day term, single pay at maturity, loan origination fee waived, maximum loan amount equal to last monthly net pay received, if shutdown lasts more than 60 days the loan is eligible to be refinanced and the amount increased by the next month’s net pay received;
      • Consumer Loan Extension – one month extension for every month of the shutdown except for credit cards and mortgages;
    • Certificates of Deposit – waiving the penalty for early withdrawal;
    • Credit Cards – allowing skip-a-payments on a case-by-case basis; and,
    • Mortgage Modifications – offering interest only payments or skip-a-payments using modification agreements to avoid the possibility of negative amortization on a case-by-case basis.
  • KC Water Services:
    KC Water Services will be offering deferment payments plans on water service bills for federal employees and contractors affected.

A staffer for Cleaver shared that the congressman had reached out to the Missouri Public Service commission in an effort to help furloughed and unpaid federal staffers to avoid extra fees and fines from utility companies including KCP&L and Spire during the shutdown.

While KCP&L was not at the event Tuesday, the congressman’s office did share a company statement later in the day.

KCP&L understands customers may suddenly be unable to make their payment or have prolonged hardships. We have programs available to assist, including federal government employees affected by the shutdown. It is our practice to offer the best, flexible payment options and arrangements available to all our customers facing hardship. We have a flexible payment plan to help furloughed government workers and will waive any late fees for those affected by the shutdown. Customers should call our customer service line and a customer representative will help identify the best option. Customer service center at (816) 471-5275 or toll-free at 1-888-471-5275. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, StormTrack5 weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from KCTV5 News. 

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