From December 22, 2018 until January 25, 2019, the nation underwent the longest U.S. government shutdown in history. Shortly into the shutdown, news organizations began to cover numerous stories about furloughed workers: they were turning to food banks to feed their families, couldn’t afford to buy medicine or pay for child care, or struggling to pay their mortgages or rent. It didn’t take long to illustrate that the vast majority of federal workers — indeed millions of Americans — are financially vulnerable.
The shutdown exposed the challenges that environmental shocks pose for so many of our community members living paycheck to paycheck, as well as the fragility of the systems in place to support them. Join GWP as we hear from community leaders about key takeaways from the shutdown in our region and discuss how philanthropy can play a role in preparing for future stresses on the system.
Angela Reynolds, Senior Director of United for Families and 2-1-1 at United Way of Southwestern PA, will serve as this session’s moderator. She will begin by sharing some of the data and other information collected by the 2-1-1 service during the shutdown. After setting the regional context, she will engage a panel of community leaders in a discussion about the implications of what was learned from this episode and explore how philanthropy can most effectively help.
Allegheny County Housing Authority
Chief Executive Officer
Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank
Housing Alliance of PA