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Government shutdown threatens Section 8 housing in Peoria

PEORIA — The government shutdown that already has some 800,000 federal employees out of work or working without pay could have a devastating effect on the nation’s poor if it drags on.

Public housing is one area that’s directly affected. Of the 7,500 employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, only 340 are working with another 1,000 that may be called in for specific tasks but they won’t be paid until a funding bill is passed.

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