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Housing authorities worry about Section 8 funding amid shutdown

Posted at 9:05 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 23:18:31-05

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The federal government shutdown could impact some of Oklahoma's neediest families.

Families relying on monthly housing assistance -- commonly known as Section 8 could be impacted.

According to the latest statistics, roughly 23,000 families participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Housing authorities warn if March 1 arrives and the federal government is still shutdown, families won't have the funds to help pay their rent.

Muskogee's housing authority says 750 families are at risk.

Gidget Moler has lived in her Muskogee home for eight years.

“I'm kind of floored. I mean it's my house. They pay half my rent. So, I would basically be stuck. Screwed. I'm kind of speechless," said Moler, a housing voucher recipient.

Larger communities like the Tulsa Housing Authority said it has reserve funds if the shutdown goes on.

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