Furloughed worker Peggy Livingston protests the partial government shutdown in downtown Denver on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Livingston helps enforce the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act for the Environmental Protection Agency. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

DENVER – Good news for furloughed workers in the city and county of Denver.

As the longest government shutdown in history stretches into its fourth week, starting Wednesday the city and county will pay for furloughed workers next two mortgage payments, or up to $5,000, to help them survive the shutdown.

There is also financial assistance available for those who rent a home or apartment.

Designed for moderate-income families, workers can qualify by proving a recent financial hardship such as furlough or temporary layoff and do not have to repay the money.

“We want to make sure we can help fill the gap for them during this time. If you have any sufficient savings and the ability to get through it, let’s allow the city to help those who do not,” Mayor Michael Hancock said.

The program is costing taxpayers $485,000. The city says it has enough funds to help around 225 families.

They encourage only those who truly need the help to submit an application through Mile High United Way’s 211 call center.

To apply for the program, call or text 211.

For additional support, there will be a resource fair Saturday, January 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m hosted by Denver Human Services at their Sun Valley location, 1200 Federal Blvd and 3815 Steele Street in East Denver.

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