The Southeast ADA Center, a project of BBI, has created an online resource to assist people with disabilities impacted by the government shutdown

January 25, 2019


Government Shutdown Resources

Source: Southeast ADA Center

During the current federal government shutdown, we know many people are impacted. Furloughed federal employees rightfully receive a lot of attention, but people with disabilities and people with low income are also at risk and may be overlooked in the current situation. Housing may be at risk, you may experience food insecurity, or you may be faced with decisions that could affect your health.

Below is a list of resources to assist you during these challenging times. You may also email suggested resources to

Disclaimer: We will work to keep the webpage updated as new resources become available. The webpage will be available as long as the shutdown lasts. Accessibility cannot be guaranteed for external websites. The Southeast ADA Center provides this information as a courtesy and does not endorse, take responsibility for, exercise control of the organization, or monitor its website content.


Government Shutdown


The Southeast ADA Center and the ADA National Network are here to answer your ADA-related questions and provide any other information and referrals that we can.

Call 1-800-949-4232 to connect with your regional ADA Center.

General Resources


  • How the Government Shutdown Affects Your EBT and Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits
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  • Food Talk: Eat Healthy & Stretch Your Budget
    This website offers tips on how to stretch your FSNAP benefits over these extra weeks. This website was created for Georgia, but the information is useful for everyone.
  • Hunger Free America's Fed Food Hotline
    Hotline: 1-855-859-4647
    • Any employee of the federal government or a federal contractor — or any family member of such an employee — who is struggling financially as a result of the government shutdown, can call the toll free number 1-855-859-4647 or go to the website to find food resources (such as government food programs and private food pantries) near them and/or to be connected with anti-hunger volunteer activities so they can productively utilize their time off work.
    • The toll-free line will have live operators answering calls Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, and will take messages at other times.
    • The hotline and web portal will be active as long as the shutdown lasts.
  • USDA Clearinghouse and National Hunger Hotline
    Do you need help finding food? Call this National Hunger Hotline:
    English: 1-866-348-6479
    Español/Spanish: 1-877-824-6273
  • United Way 2-1-1
    A free nationwide information and referral line that helps people find local resources they may be eligible to obtain 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 can be accessed by phone or computer.
    • A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services to eligible individuals
    • Call 2-1-1 and speak with a live, highly trained service professional in your area from any cell phone or landline. All calls are private and confidential, and assistance is available in multiple languages.
    • Or visit to locate organizations in your community that provide support and assistance to working families in their time of need. 
    •  Find a local United Way in your community and learn about potential additional resources.

Federal & State

  • NASWA States Help Furloughed Federal Employees
    Federal employees who are not receiving pay during the shutdown may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits through the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program (UCFE). This unemployment insurance benefit is administered by States, as agents for the Federal government. This webpage also includes links to more information on the shutdown, listed by state.
    Source: National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Funding Lapse Information
    Pay and leave furlough guidance for federal employees.
  • Resources for Workers Affected by the Federal Shutdown
    Scroll down for a list of resources for Federal workers.
  • My Fed Benefits Assistance Map
    An interactive assistance map to help workers in every state find programs to support them through the shutdown. 


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About the Southeast ADA Center
The Southeast ADA Center is one of ten regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network — sponsored by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, including information about the rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of businesses, as well as state and helpful resources.

The Southeast ADA Center is a grant project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.
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About the Burton Blatt Institute
BBI reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities, with offices in Syracuse, NY, New York City, Washington, D.C., Lexington, KY, and Atlanta, GA. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. For more information about BBI, visit: