Federal employee furloughs have doubled the amount of FEEA’s emergency assistance loans just in the month of June. While FEEA has been able to assist employees from the IRS, EPA, EEOC, HUD, Department of Labor, and FAA employees, who have lost pay due to furloughs, FEEA expects an avalanche of loan applications before the end of July when nearly 700,000 civilian Department of Defense employees will receive their first short paychecks.
Illnesses, family job loss, and personal disasters such as a car breaking down or expensive dental work can exhaust savings and put families in precarious financial positions. The loss of pay due to furloughs is tipping many federal employees into the unwelcome position of not being able to pay for their most basic needs. Those seeking FEEA loans need to complete the regular Emergency Assistance application available at www.feea.org/GetHelp.
Although FEEA had a successful fundraising campaign during the month of May, all of the $103,000 raised via more than 600 individual donations, as well as matching grants from the BlueCross/BlueShield Association, GEICO and Long Term Care Partners, has already gone back out the door to feds in need. Donations to FEEA's General Fund are still urgently needed to ensure all who qualify for assistance will receive it. Donations may be made via credit card on FEEA's web site at www.feea.org/Give.
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