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Food stamps, housing subsidies and other services for America's poor at risk as shutdown drags on

Jan 09, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

The waterlogged ceiling of Betty Gay's rural Kentucky home sags so low that she hits her head on the light fixture. She's only 5-foot-1. When it rains, the retired nurse's aide covers her bathroom floor with buckets and towels. Mold festers on the damp walls.

Gay, 70, was counting on a $20,000 loan from the Agriculture Department this winter to patch the hole in the roof of the ranch-style Mount Sterling home she's lived in for 30 years.

But the money is on hold.

The agency can...