Federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay may be feeling more than a pinch of financial stress. While free sandwiches and access to food banks may help, the biggest monthly payment for most people is their rent or mortgage. Some lenders and landlords are willing to negotiate with their customers or allow for delayed or partial payments.
Homesnap, an app for house hunting, is offering to take care of the February payment for 10 government workers or contractors.
Homesnap will pay the winners' rent or mortgage up to $2,500. Federal workers or contractors seeking to apply should take a photo, record a video or write a few sentences about what their home means to them. They can complete an online form or share their photo, video or paragraph on social media using #MyHomeMeans and #ShutdownStories, tagging Homesnap. The submissions must be completed by Jan. 31 on social media. The recipients will be selected at random.
“We’re a DC-based company and we’ve seen firsthand how the government shutdown has affected people across our region,” John Mazur, CEO of Homesnap, said in a statement. “This is a small thing that we can do to help alleviate the stress and uncertainty that so many are feeling. We’re in the business of helping people find homes, so this seemed like a natural way for us to help.”
If the shutdown ends between now and the end of the month, Homesnap said it will still accept entries and fulfill its promise to pay the rent or mortgage for 10 government workers or contractors in February.