Resource fair held in Philly for furloughed workers

Paul Kurtz
January 22, 2019 - 4:17 pm
The Wolf administration hosted a resource fair for furloughed federal workers Tuesday at the local United Way's regional office in Center City.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Wolf administration hosted a resource fair for furloughed federal workers Tuesday at the local United Way's regional office in Center City. 

More than 30 days into the partial government shutdown, furloughed IRS employee Marva Brown is getting desperate.

"Well, I'm just about broke, wondering where my next meal is gonna come from. Where my next paycheck is gonna come from. It's crazy," Brown said. 

She's applied for unemployment, but until that first check arrives, Brown says she's living day-to-day, just trying to get by.

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On this day she found help.   

Ruben Pachay of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry says the resource fair was quickly put together after the Wolf administration activated the department's rapid response coordination services.

"Assistance with food. Being able to figure out how to put food on the table, financial services, what should be the dialogue between the mortgage company, the credit card companies, you car loans. What should we tell them, what they can do to negotiate with their banks," Pachay said. 

In addition to legal and mental health resources, Bill Golderer is president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

"The sense of anxiety. Imagine waking up every morning and wondering if you're going to work. Everything is out of your control. It creates depression, anxiety," Golderer added.