Delayed Payment Available on Some City Bills

The continuing federal government shutdown has caused hardship for some Rockville residents who are furloughed, and the city is here to help.

Struggling federal employees and contractors could be eligible for delayed payment, with no penalties, on certain city services, such as summer camp registration, preschool and before and after-school care, water bills and animal registration fees.

Residents seeking delayed payments can contact the relevant city department for more information, and must provide proof of Rockville residency and federal employment, or of being a federal contractor (for example, with a federal employee/contractor ID badge or employer’s letter).

Utilities

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is suspending water shut-offs, waiving late fees and establishing payment plans for Rockville residents with WSSC accounts.

Pepco is providing information about programs tailored to help customers with temporary or extended hardship, including those impacted by the federal government shutdown, at www.pepco.com.

Washington Gas is offering flexible payment arrangements for federal government employees impacted by the shutdown.

Other City and Nonprofit Services

Other helpful services are available through the city and local nonprofits:

Rockville’s Financial Assistance Program Can Help in an Emergency

Help with a financial crisis may be available through the Rockville Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) to help Rockville residents facing eviction, or utility shut-off, or to cover prescription costs. Referrals for emergency food, clothing, financial/employment counseling and other assistance are also provided.

For more information on REAP, including eligibility requirements, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/reap.

Support with Food is Available

The Rockville-based nonprofits Manna Food Center and Nourish Now can help furloughed workers who need food. To receive help, or to make a donation, find them at www.mannafood.org and nourishnow.org.

(Manna Food Center will be seeking donations at select Giant grocery stores during its Jan. 19-20 Martin Luther King Jr. Service Weekend Food Drive.)

Consider donating non-perishable food items at the following city collection points: City Hall (111 Maryland Ave.); Thomas Farm Community Center (700 Fallsgrove Drive); Lincoln Park Community Center (357 Frederick Ave.); Twinbrook Community Recreation Center (12920 Twinbrook Parkway); the Rockville Senior Center (1150 Carnation Drive); and the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center (355 Martins Lane).

For a comprehensive list of nonprofits that provide community services for housing, youth, basic services and more in the City of Rockville, see our caregivers guide.

Financial Assistance Available From the Rockville Youth Recreation Fund

A limited amount of scholarships for recreation program fees are available to Rockville residents aged 18 and younger. Financial assistance must be applied for in-person at the time of registration. Limited financial assistance is available for Rockville residents, ages 19 and older, based on income.

Call 240-314-8620 for an appointment. For more information, see page 54 of the winter 2018-19 “Life in Rockville” recreation activity guide at www.rockvillemd.gov/life.

Spend Time Volunteering

For those who may not be struggling financially, but who want to help out, Rockville has dozens of volunteer opportunities available.