BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Despite it being 23 degrees outside on Monday, an furloughed government employee was forced to turn the heat off inside their Burlington home.
They are one of more than 800,000 federal employees who are living without a paycheck during the government shutdown.
The employee works for the U.S. Treasury Department located in Greensboro. They were furloughed back in December and haven’t received a paycheck since.
“We didn’t know that we were getting shut down,” they said. “We literally left running out the door. I was ready to leave and then planned to come back Monday, and we got last-minute noticed.”
Since the shutdown, they have been having to sign up for multiple credit cards in order to buy meals and pay bills.
They, like many of their co-workers, are now looking for a second job.
“I saved up to prepare for something like this, but here in a few weeks I won’t be able to buy anything,” they said.
They live in a house with their daughter and grandchildren.
“My little 5-year old, she’s like, 'Maw Maw, here’s $10 I got from such and such,'” she said.
They said they've been praying to God, and have faith that Congress will come to an agreement. And until then they have gone into, what they describe as, survival mode.
A mode they, like many government employees, will have to stay in unless the government reopens soon.