The government will close again on Friday unless Congress and the White House reach a deal or pass another temporary spending measure. But as another shutdown looms, domestic violence shelters that depend on federal funding are still dealing with the repercussions of last month’s historic shutdown.
“The most constant word I’ve said is uncertainty,” Jean Collins, the executive director of Huntingdon House, a small domestic violence organization that runs a 16-bed shelter in rural Pennsylvania, told Jezebel. “My biggest problem as executive director is that I’m getting virtually no information.”
Despite the fact that the government is re-opened for the time being, there is little assurance that it won’t close down again by the February deadline. Donald Trump hasn’t ruled out the possibility of another shutdown, indicating that he is willing to double down on his strategy of holding the government hostage for border wall funding, and negotiations reportedly broke down again over the weekend.