Federal workers in Houston can seek vouchers during shutdown

1 year 5 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, January 22 2019 Jan 22, 2019 January 22, 2019 9:17 AM January 22, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

HOUSTON (AP) - Federal workers in Houston who are without pay during the partial government shutdown can now seek financial assistance through a city partnership with local nonprofits.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says furloughed workers can apply for a $100 voucher through nonprofit Houston Relief Hub, starting Tuesday. The Houston Chronicle reports that no city money is being spent on the arrangement with Houston Relief Hub, which will coordinate the aid and collect donations.

Volunteer Mario Castillo says the nonprofit isn't sure how many people will seek help. Castillo says they'll try to keep the voucher program going as long as the standoff in Congress endures over President Donald Trump's request for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall.

The organization is partnering with other groups, including Houston Helping Hands and the YMCA.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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