Walz holds roundtable, discuss shutdown's effect on Section 8 housing

January 24, 2019 01:20 PM

On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz host a roundtable with seniors affected by the federal government shutdown's impact on Section 8 housing.

Attendees included Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Commissioner Jennifer Ho, and Episcopal Homes President Marvin Plakut.

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“This can be a really scary and anxiety producing time for families also thinking about children who may hear some of the whispering conversations from adults in the home and know something isn't quite right,” said  Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan.

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The meeting was held at Kings Crossing in St. Paul. 84 year old Jocquelin Polk relies on SNAP benefits.

“What I would like to hear is that we are going to be fed. We need food, and it’s cut off, and it’s going to be cut off with the way things are going,” said Polk.

“Stable housing is foundational to any community. It is absolutely critical and it’s not lost on any of us. We are going to be entering into the coldest period we have seen which maybe highlights more what ends up happening if someone is forced into a situation of transition or forced into homelessness,” said Governor Tim Walz.

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