Federal workers have been forced to give up some necessities to make ends meet, including medicine, child care and even the commute back and forth to work.
   Because of the shutdown, homes, health and even their very jobs may hang in the balance for Hawaii workers with the Transportation Security Administration.

Like hundreds of TSA screeners at airports around Hawaii, Joshua Christie has worked his regular shifts since the shutdown began.

"We're getting to the breaking point pretty soon."

That is because non-furloughed federal workers have been working for weeks without pay, meaning more than just the bills are adding up. 

"For me I've had to delay doctor's appointments because of co-payments, and push them off to a later date until we get paid."

Those appointments are important because Joshua is a cancer survivor. Tests and screenings needed to make sure he is still in remission.

"Even though I still have insurance, I still make to make the co-payments. Other screeners are in the same situation, those who are diabetic or whatever condition they have."

This is just one of the many stories of hardship federal workers are facing.

Hundreds have already turned to food banks to help provide food for their families.

"We are still worried about paying for medical providers, for rent, and daycare. Screeners are calling out to take care of children or elderly parents."

After three paychecks with nothing but zeroes, a number of workers are worried whether they will have a place to live because of the shutdown.

"Some screeners and federal workers are on the verge of eviction, because they cannot pay their landlord."

Several TSA workers have even turned their cars into makeshift accommodations, because they can't afford to pay for gas to drive between work and home on the Big Island.
"Federal workers are sleeping in their cars outside their employment office, so they can just stay outside their office building and report to work -- especially in Kona and Hilo."

 While there is a war of words in Washington DC over what will get the government going again, Joshua said the only issue concerning him and and other federal workers is getting paid again. They missed out on paychecks that would have normally included four holidays.

"Holiday pay is double time. So these are events workers rely on to pay for Christmas bills, gifts, and whatever they did for the holidays."
Things have been bleak for Hawaii workers, but there have been bright spots. Including travelers who have dropped off food and gift cards for TSA screeners at island airports.

"Some agencies are getting left out like federal prisons, air traffic controllers, the groups that the traveling public don't really see. They are also on hard times, so it is very beneficial for people to donate to food banks in their community to help out with the federal employees who are furloughed right now."
      Adding to the stress of the ambiguity of the shutdown, maintaining good financial standing is a requirement of employment for TSA employees. But now their jobs are having a negative impact on workers' credit rating and financial health.