NEWARK, NJ - The city will give federal employees who are furloughed during the government shutdown up to $200 to help pay their utility bills, Mayor Ras Baraka today announced.  

A city resident who is employed by the federal government and can document potential or current utility shut-off may apply for the program. Residents must be able to document the shut off with with a notice.

“This measure is a first step by the mayor to demonstrate the city’s solidarity and support for federal workers residing in Newark who are held hostage by the government shutdown,” the city said in a statement.

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The city established a $25,000 fund for the program using money from the Community Development Block Grant.

The federal government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history and has lasted more than a month. Other organizations, like Montclair State University and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, have also provided furloughed workers help.

Residents may apply for the assistance at the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness at 110 William St. in the Division of Social Services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during business days.  Residents should bring their photo ID, proof of residency, proof of current federal employment (pay stub and government worker ID), and the original shut-off notice from their utility company.

The program is open to Newark residents only. 

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