DAY 17: Thousands Face Eviction, Air Travel Less Secure From Trump Shutdown

As the Trump Shutdown enters its 17th day, more Americans across the country are hurting. Thousands of families who rely on HUD for affordable housing could face eviction; our airports are less secure; millions of Americans could soon see reductions in food assistance; and national parks face years of long-term damage. Here’s the latest:


The Trump Shutdown is hurting low-income families and the elderly who rely on HUD for subsidized housing.


NBC News: “As the shutdown drags on, it’s jeopardizing the welfare of those who live in HUD-subsidized housing, including low-income families and the elderly.”


Thousands of tenants could be evicted from their homes as a result of the Trump Shutdown.


Washington Post: “The Department of Housing and Urban Development sent letters to 1,500 landlords Friday as part of a last-minute effort to prevent the eviction of thousands of tenants. A lot of those tenants live in units covered by a HUD program that many agency officials didn’t realize had expired on Jan. 1 and that they are now unable to renew.”


The Trump Shutdown is causing air travel to be less secure as TSA officers are calling in sick after being forced to work for weeks without pay.


CNN: “Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports, according to two senior agency officials and three TSA employee union officials. The mass call outs could inevitably mean air travel is less secure, especially as the shutdown enters its second week with no clear end to the political stalemate in sight.”


Millions of  low-income Americans could face food stamp reductions because of the Trump Shutdown.


CBS News: “Millions could face severe cuts to food stamps due to government shutdown”


CBS News: “The partial government shutdown glided into its third week Saturday with no end in sight. If the government is not reopened before February, millions of Americans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the nation’s food stamp program — could have their assistance disrupted.”


National parks face years of long-term damage from the Trump Shutdown.


National Geographic: “National parks face years of damage from government shutdown”


National Geographic: “That’s because the U.S. federal government, embattled over funding for a border wall, has shut down, leaving national parks open and largely unattended. Since the shutdown began, brimming trashcans, overflowing toilets, and trespassing has been reported at many parks locations.”