This city will assist furloughed federal employees. Here’s how

NORFOLK – The city is offering assistance to furloughed federal employees upon request, officials announced Friday.

To qualify for assistance, the employee must be a Norfolk resident and show proof of employment at one of the following nine federal departments:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice
  • State Department
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury

Payment plan options are available for the following bills:

HRUBS bill:  Contact the City of Norfolk Utilities Department Customer Service at 757-664-6700

Personal Property & Real Estate taxes:  Contact the Norfolk City Treasurer’s Office at -757-664-7800

For monthly parkers, the city will defer collecting payment. Parking access will remain active.

For parking tickets issued in the last 30 days, the city’s parking department will waive late fees accumulated during the shutdown.  Staff cannot waive the original amount owed.

For questions or to request a waiver for parking tickets contact the Norfolk Cares Center at 757-664-6510 or the City of Norfolk Parking Division at 757-664-6222.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.