The long tentacles of the partial federal government shutdown are reaching especially deep into food and agriculture. Here’s an update on some of the impacts now four weeks into the longest shutdown in history.
People who rely on SNAP benefits to pay for food will continue to receive that assistance through at least February, even if the partial federal government shutdown continues. But because of the shutdown, next month’s payment will come a couple weeks earlier than usual—on January 20th.
The Housing Authority of Champaign County is concerned the shutdown could impact funding of their affordable housing programs, and force them to dip into funding reserves they're unsure they’ll get back.