Fairfax County Offers Resources for Those Impacted by Federal Shutdown

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Updated Jan. 18, 2019

Thousands of federal workers, contractors, vendors and service providers in our county are being impacted by the partial federal shutdown. It can be frightening and stressful to be without a paycheck and unsure of when you will go back to work.  Whether it is food, financial assistance or other needs, we can provide you with the resources to get you and your family through this difficult time.

Want to help your neighbors in need?  We also have information on providing cash and other donations to our local nonprofits.

How To Get Help

Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) connects Fairfax County residents to county and community-based services and resources. Just one phone call will get you connected to the information and assistance you need. Call 703-222-0880, TTY 711. In addition, our multilingual staff can assist callers in Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Swedish, Tigrinya and Urdu. CSP services are also available in other languages through the use of an interpreter.


CSP Call Taker at Desk


Call 703-222-0880, TTY 711
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Get More Information on Available Resources


Substitute Teacher Hiring

Fairfax County Public Schools will offer a third hiring event for furloughed federal employees interested in substitute teaching positions on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the FCPS Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church.

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Assistance with Child Care

Child Care Assistance and Referral Program: Families participating in the CCAR program have signed on with a 12-month eligibility. During this period, if you find yourself without income you can request that your child care co-payment be lowered. CCAR staff are available to speak with families to discuss their ongoing child care needs. Call 703-449-8484 or email DFSccarinfo@fairfaxcounty.gov to seek information and help.

School Age Child Care: Families impacted by the federal government shutdown may continue to use services and apply for a reduced fee and/or develop a payment plan as needed. Alternatively, families may request to be placed in a temporary inactive status, which allows the family to discontinue services temporarily while maintaining their child’s enrollment space in SACC. Call 703-449-8989 or email saccregistration@fairfaxcounty.gov to discuss ongoing needs for before and after school care with SACC staff.


Free Connector Bus Rides

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 17, Fairfax Connector will provide free rides system-wide for federal government employees affected by the government shutdown who are still required to report for work.

  • You must show your federal photo ID to the bus operator when boarding to ride free. 
  • By showing your federal photo ID, trips taken on all Fairfax Connector bus routes are free, including express routes to and from the Pentagon and Downtown D.C.

For bus schedules and route information, estimated arrival times, and more:

  • Sign-up for email and/or text alerts for your routes through Fairfax Connector BusTracker. **Watch a :30 video on how to use Fairfax Connector BusTracker here.**
  • View schedules and service information at www.fairfaxconnector.com.
  • Call Fairfax Connector customer service at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608; Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Se habla Español.
  • Follow Fairfax Connector on Twitter and Facebook.


Two Ways to Help Our Neighbors in Need

Many of us know someone who is affected by the shutdown, whether neighbors or perhaps parents at your child’s school. Here are two ways you can provide donations.

1. The county’s Stuff the Bus events begin Saturday, Jan. 19. Bring your food and cash donations and help us support our local nonprofit food pantries as they work to provide assistance for individuals and families in need.

Find Stuff the Bus Dates and Locations


2. We encourage you to contact our local nonprofits for information on providing donations. If you need assistance locating a nonprofit, we have a Human Services Guide with descriptions and contact information. A simple search will help you find a nonprofit near you!


Donation Web Field

Find A Local Nonprofit


Free Fun at Parks and Libraries 

Need to get out of the house, but don’t want to spend money?  Your county parks and libraries have a long list of low-cost/free activities, events and programs going on every day!

The Park Authority will work with furloughed federal employees and their families to provide a range of payment options to enable participation in Park Authority programs, classes and memberships. Park Authority programs are fee based and do not receive taxpayer funds to support these programs. For information about payment options and requirements, email Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Park Events Calendar


Library Events Calendar


Pet Supplies

The Animal Shelter has pet food and limited other pet supplies available for furloughed federal employees. The supplies are available during shelter business hours and no is appointment needed. For more information, call 703-830-1100 or email animalshelter@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Consumer Affairs Resources

Our Consumer Affairs office has compiled some tips and information if you need assistance with:

  • Tenant-landlord issues
  • Mortgages and credit cards
  • Credit bureaus
  • Donating to charities
  • Paying your phone and utility bills
View Tips and Resources


Camp Fee Waivers

The Reston Community Center will be offering special summer camp fee waivers for affected families. To be eligible for this shutdown program, families must present their federal government employee identification when registering for 2019 camp sessions. Affected federal departments include Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Interior, Justice, State, Transportation and Treasury. Patrons must also live or work in Reston to receive the special fee waiver.

Affected families will pay $10 per child per week of camp; some camps are half-day in length. RCC offers an “after-care” option called Zen Zone for those in less than a full day of camp, which would cost another $10 for enrollment under the fee waiver program.

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Coping with Uncertainty

No one can avoid the unexpected. With thousands of residents in our community impacted by the government shutdown, coping can be hard. Research shows that people react differently to uncertainty, and that those with a higher intolerance for uncertainty may be less resilient and more prone to low mood, negative or down feelings and anxiety.

There are steps that can help. The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, encourages the following:

  • Engage in self-care
  • Seek support from those you trust
  • Control what you can
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Develop new skills
  • Limit exposure to news
  • Avoid dwelling on things you can’t control
  • Take your own advice
  • Be aware of local resources
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