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ST. LOUIS,MO (KTVI)-- The shutdown means the flow of government paper work has ground to a halt. That can be an inconvenience for many people.

Keeping homeless families together under one roof is the mission of Gateway180.

Homeless shelters help fill the gap, but now that federal workers who process grant payments each month have been on furlough, that same question is being asked by the not-for-profit Gateway180.

Who could this impact? Families like the ones who slept in parks after fleeing violence.

For families ready to leave the emergency shelter and move into a transitional housing apartment, this shutdown has been causing paperwork problems.

One homeless mom we'll call Tanya is eager to take a step toward independence, but she lost her social security card and the social security office is closed.

Gateway180 works to help the homeless find jobs and new homes, but the safety net the agency provides needs both donations and government grants to work.

St. Louis City's Division of Homeless Services is watching developments in Washington closely.  If the shutdown continues another week or two, programs that provide rent assistance and mental health services could face serious financial shortfalls.

1 Comment

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Lost, too, is the cuts already scheduled to go into effect for Food Stamps this Nov. 1. We must save tax money! So Republicans can then give another tax break to the wealthy.

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