"When the federal government shut down in late 1995, leaving federal workers without paychecks for nearly a month, Fran Kritz and her family worried that they could lose their home. 'We had a new baby and a toddler,' said Kritz, whose husband is a federal employee. 'We had no extra money. At that point in our lives, we just lived paycheck to paycheck.' This time around, Kritz says that she and her family will be fine. But the charity she runs, the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington, is offering help to federal workers in the situation she was in a few decades ago."
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