I don't wanna cause a panic on here because I surely don't know. I've googled for days and I cannot remember for the life of me which article it was that I read. But the next big deadline for action is the plan to raise or not raise the debt ceiling and that is the 17th. I dont' think we'll see any concrete evidence of movement in the govt until at LEAST the 17th. Why would we? And now they are forcing back to work 400K of the furloughed employees(with no pay still). That means this shutdown is no longer painful for our govt to keep going and it could last until lord knows when. If it hurts, it's likely to be shorter. They are getting paid and nearly everyone is working. Doesn't hurt them a bit. But this article said that if the shutdown lasted more than 3 weeks, the states would start running out of money. So if it hits the 3rd week without the govt doling out more money, it could start to be painful for us. Next month we may not get food stamps.
BUT after googling more this morning I find this:
38. Will I be able to get food stamps? Yes. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is funded through the Recovery Act and from funds that don't expire for another year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
39. What about WIC?No money would be available to pay the administrative costs of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. But because it's administered by states, there may be state funds available.
40. And the federal school lunch program? Schools are reimbursed for these costs on a monthly basis and are allowed to carry over funds from the previous fiscal year. The USDA expects most schools will be able to continue providing meals through October.
Many worry about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, upon which millions rely. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs SNAP, released a shutdown planthat shows dire fates for federal nutrition programs:
- SNAP is fully funded through October, with $2 billion in contingency funds available for state administrative help.
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, will not receive any additional federal funds. Some states have the ability to prolong funding. A statement from the USDA (see below) estimates that WIC has about a month.
- The Child Nutrition Programs, which support school breakfast and lunch programs, operate on a monthly cycle, so that will continue at least through October.
"States can probably shelter families receiving WIC from the effects of a shutdown for a short period, but it could be a real problem if it lasts more than a few days," policy analyst Elizabeth Lower-Basch of the Center for Law and Social Policy said in an email Saturday.
The USDA said food stamps would not be affected in October.
SO basically, if you have WIC checks, get the full month now. Ask a friend to store milk fo ryou, etc. You may not get more. Also, be judicious with the use of your food stamps because we may not see any money next month.
SO, any idea how Section 8 will be affected by the shutdown?
I've only been on it for two months and I don't really understand the process yet.
I live in an apartment community run by a non profit for single parent students. Every last one of us gets Section 8. I'm pretty sure that if for some reason, Section 8 were unable to pay our vouchers, we wouldn't be responsible for it (just going by how I know this organization) but if Section 8 shuts down, I'm sure others won't be so lucky. I really hope that we can fix this soon. I have a TANF check, a transportation allowance, my daughter receives a child care subsidy, she's in head start, I get Section 8, food stamps, and an utility allowance every month. If for some reason, this continues on and benefits get cut, I only have about $1,000 to last until I get my next set of grants in Feb (assuming that I would even get my grants because they're federally funded). Thankfully, I have paid my portion of my rent for the next year. But I'd still have to pay my utilities (which are crazy low, less than $50 a month), gas to school which is about 120 miles a week, my car insurance (has to be paid 6 months at a time, it's about $600 altogether), food if food stamps stop, and incidentals. If Head Start ended, my daughter would have to go to daycare all day. It's funded through Metro Way and the majority of the kids get chidlcare assistance. I don't know how they would react (would they waive the fees for all of us?)
Geez. This is a headache. I know that I'm more fortunate than some, but if this goes on too long, even I will be screwed.