Evictions loom for poor, elderly as U.S. government shutdown drags on

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January 16, 2019 21:49
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A growing number of poor, elderly and disabled people face eviction from their homes as federal housing assistance dries up under the U.S. government shutdown, experts said.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides housing assistance but is mostly closed under the partial shutdown."For families and communities that rely on HUD programs, the effect of the shutdown is already being felt," said Doug Rice, senior policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based research group.

"These effects will worsen rapidly and affect larger numbers the longer it continues," he told reporters in a media conference call late on Tuesday.

Huge swathes of the U.S. government have stopped functioning in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump, who is demanding funding for his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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