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Prince George's County leaders offering help to local community during the shutdown

Prince George's County leaders offering help to local community during the shutdown. (Photo: Amy Aubert, ABC7)

A day before thousands of federal employees will miss a paycheck because of the partial government shutdown, leaders and community members in Prince George’s County held a news conference to announce ways they’re reaching out.

“What we want people to know is these are people’s mothers, fathers, sisters, uncles, children impacted by this shutdown,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said.

At Prince George’s Community College, a center is set up offering free services like financial planning, tax preparations and budgeting.

“People need to know their options during a crisis,” said Heath Carelock, with Prince George’s Community College. “They need to know their rights during a crisis and they need to be able to execute.”

The community college says they are prepared to help, offering tuition assistance for those impacted by the partial shutdown.

WSSC announcing they’ll be suspending all water service shutoffs, waiving late fees, and working one-on-one with customers impacted by the partial shutdown.

The United Way of the National Capital Area is launching an emergency assistance fund, contributing $50,000. Pepco adding in an additional $50,000. The money in the fund will be used to help those impacted with food, rent, and other needs.

Prince George’s County Public Schools creating a new fund to help feed students who need a hot meal through the partial shutdown.

“We don’t know how long this will last. It’s our great hope that it won’t be long—it can’t last forever—but, what they should know if that we will stand with them every day of this shutdown,” Alsobrooks said.

You can find more information by visiting their website.

You can also see more information on the help being offered in the above web gallery.

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