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Rep. Veronica Escobar Shares Resources, Information for Furloughed Federal Employees

Via a tweet late Tuesday afternoon, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar shared a page with resources for El Paso-area Federal Employees who have been furloughed as a result of the ongoing government shutdown.

The list, compiled and cross-linked on a page at Congresswoman Escobar’s website is reposted below.


211 is a clearinghouse of information about available resources for federal employees impacted by the shutdown. If additional resources not listed below are needed, call 2-1-1 for more information. You can also reach out to our office at 915-541-1400.


Credit unions and banks are providing a variety of support depending on the institution to include no or low interest, short term loans, loan extension options and the ability to cash out CDs with no penalty. Some credit unions are also providing low interest loans to people who are not members of the credit union.

Financial institutions that are offering support include:


Utilities to include El Paso Water Utility (915-594-5500), El Paso Electric (915-543-5970) and Texas Gas Service (800-700-2443) will work with customers to defer payments or create flexible payment plans.

Cell phone carriers, depending on the carrier, will work with customers to create flexible payment plans and to waive late fees. Carriers include AT&T (800-331-0500), Sprint (888-211-4727), T-Mobile (877-746-0909) and Verizon (866-266-1445)


The Texas Workforce Commission considers federal workers affected by the shutdown to be “laid off” from their jobs. You can apply for benefits at 24 hours a day or by calling 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, go to


Workforce Solutions Borderplex (915-887-2600, has created a list of employers willing to hire federal employees on a temporary basis.


El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and their 125 non-profit partners (915-298-0353, has emergency food baskets for impacted employees available throughout the community at food pantries.


Emergence Health Network ( has a crisis hotline (915-779-1800 manned by qualified mental health professional and backed up by on-call professionals who are available 24/7. You can also visit one of their mental health clinics.

YMCA of El Paso ( is offering free family memberships to furloughed employees.

YISD Announces Prioritization for Furloughed Federal Employees to Serve as Substitute Teachers

In an effort to provide assistance to federal workers who are impacted by the government shutdown, Ysleta ISD officials announced that they will prioritize applications for currently furloughed workers to serve as substitute teachers.

“These furloughed workers, some of whom are parents in our district, deserve to have an opportunity to provide for their families during the government shutdown,” said Superintendent Xavier De La Torre. “Our students will benefit from their professionalism, experience, and dedication to our country by having them serve as substitute teachers while negotiations between the President and Congressional leaders continue.”

In an , the Ysleta Independent School District has

Affected federal employees must complete and submit an online employment application at Candidates must meet the following criteria to serve as substitute teachers:

  • A minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited college and/or university;
  • Command of the English language;
  • Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior;
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.

Employment with the Ysleta Independent School District is contingent on passing a criminal background check and availability to work as stated in their contract with their current employer.

If selected as a substitute teacher, furloughed workers will be given priority for placement at the schools on an as-needed basis. Substitute teachers earn $85 per day if they have 60 college credit hours, and $100 per day if they possess a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

For more information, contact the Ysleta Independent School District Human Resource Department at 915-434-0407.

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