Emergency Fund Open To Furloughed Government Workers In Evanston

January 15, 2019 - 6:47 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Evanston will dip into its emergency assistance fund on behalf of its furloughed federal government workers in the north suburb.

The Emergency Assistance program, a once-a-year program activated for those undergoing an “emergency” or “life-threatening” situation, will start considering their applications, the city announced Monday in a press release.

Those eligible will receive funds to help with rent and mortgage payments, utility bills and food vouchers.

"We look at their expenses and then we will provide them with the assistance appropriate. It all depends on what their expense is. We do not have a cap per say," said Deputy City Manager Kimberly Richardson.

To qualify, applicants must submit proof of residency and of being furloughed, according to the release. Forms can be filled out in-person at Morton Civic Center, Room 160, at 2100 Ridge Ave.

Residents can also call or text the city at (847) 448-4311 for other resources during the shutdown.

Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, Richardson said the city may offer more than a one-time stipend. 

In the midst of the nation’s longest-ever partial government shutdown, about 800,000 workers across the U.S. missed paychecks last week, the Associated Press reported. It is unclear when the government will reopen, as talks between the White House and Congress continue to stall.

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