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This government shutdown is affecting this country in so many negative ways. Its bad enough that if happening over a $5 billion WALL, but now many could be losing their homes if it continues much longer.
Millions of Americans who rely on government funding to help pay a portion of their rent, could lose this assistance soon since no federal assistance is going out right now. Mainly affecting seniors and people with disabilities. Some have already been given an eviction notice. Other have been handed a letter saying, “Until the government opens again, you are responsible for ALL of your rental amount,” threatening eviction if tenants don’t pay up by the 20th.
“It is incredibly reckless to risk the homes of some of our country’s poorest seniors, people with disabilities and families with children as perceived leverage for a fight that has nothing to do with them,” said Diane Yentel, the director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Project-based affordable housing supports 1.4 million households. An additional 2.2 million households use portable rental vouchers, which are only funded until March.
Written by Clarke Jones