The government shutdown has many people across the Tennessee Valley worrying about how they’re going to make ends meet. Now, there is growing fear among those living in public housing complexes as HUD funding is only guaranteed through February.
“This is the first time in 18 years that we’ve been to this point on a shutdown. So, yeah, slightly worried. As it goes on we’re getting more tense as the days pass,” Lance Armstrong said.
Armstrong has been the executive director for the Scottsboro Housing Authority for nearly two decades. He’s been through other shutdowns, but says they don’t compare to what he’s experienced now.
“If the shutdown continues, this is very critical to their everyday life. I mean, you’re talking about having to worry about where you’re going to live…where you’re going to put your head down at night. So, yeah, it’s very important and a critical issue,” Armstrong said.
Nine federal departments will be shuttered as the government shuts down this weekend. They are:
- Department of the Treasury
- Department of Agriculture
- Homeland Security Department
- Department of the Interior
- Department of State
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Commerce
- Department of Justice
“Dozens” of U.S. agencies will also close down during the shutdown, according to the report from the Senate Democrats. Those closures could lead non-federal employees to feel the impact of the shutdown, as well.
For instance, with thousands of their employees furloughed, national parks are likely to close. In the previous shutdown in January, about one-third of the country’s national parks were closed — even following an agency directive to keep parks open.
U.S. housing authorities are also expected to see significant delays in loan processing and approvals.
Other institutions have announced preparations for a partial shutdown. The Smithsonian said it will be able to use existing funds to keep its 19 museums and national zoo open to the public through Jan. 1.
h/t The Knowing One