Maine credit unions offer help to workers affected by government shutdown


    As the government shutdown continues, credit unions in Maine are working to help those who are feeling the impact. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) – As the government shutdown continues, credit unions in Maine are working to help those who are feeling the impact.

    Federal employees in Maine say they are supposed to get paid Friday, but it looks like that won't be happening due to the ongoing shutdown.

    Town and Country Credit Union says it’s pushing loan options to government employees that are in need of some financial backup.

    The credit union suggests if you are affected by the shutdown to take a furlough loan.

    These types of loans can last for a 12-month term for people who need their expenses covered.

    Town and Country says it’s also helping with debt restructuring and loan consolidating.

    As the shutdown continues, the credit union says it has seen they've seen more people looking for loans.

    "This is a difficult time for people,” Jon Paradise of Town and Country Credit Union said. “People go through different financial hardships of course every day. There's just much more light being shined upon it because it's the federal government and it's impacting more people."

    Town and Country says it expects dozens of new customers if the shutdown goes past Friday.

    Other Maine credit unions like Blue Cross Blue Shield and Casco Credit Union say they are working to provide financial options to their customers as well.

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