Hundreds of families could be cut off from low-income housing assistance as HUD programs expect less federal funding following the government shutdown.

The Tacoma Housing Authority expects to be handed a sequester budget, which could mean a smaller budget of $3 million.

While the decision won t be made until December or January, officials estimate 400 families may be cut off from assistance.

It s going to put us in big jeopardy, said Men May, whose family has received assistance for two years.

May, his wife and six kids went from being homeless to renting a five bedroom house for $245 a month thanks to a housing program.

I don t want my kids to go back to where we were. We re happy here, he said.

May and his wife don t know if they ll be a casualty of the expected cuts, but they re preparing just in case.

We re just trying to put a lot of hours in and save money, said May.

It s a significant impact on people, real people trying to pick themselves up, said Brian Sonntag, Executive Director of Tacoma s Rescue Mission Shelter.

Shelise Hines and her two young daughters call the Rescue Mission s Emergency Shelter home for now.

I m thankful to be here, said Hines.

While her family was approved for transitional housing, the shutdown has postponed processing. With HUD programs expected to take a financial hit, there s a chance she may not get her home.

It hurts me. I feel like there s a lot more that can be done but it s not within my power, said Hines.

With local shelters already at capacity, many plan to apply for additional grants to help reach the area s growing need.

But with HUD programs across the country expected to be impacted, they expect tough competition.

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