As Congress tries to hammer out a deal and get the government running again, it may not come in time for people who are in desperate need of paperwork that on any other day could be a simple fix.
One Middle Tennessee couple knows the problem all too well, as they were facing eviction if they couldn't produce a Social Security card to receive rent assistance. They couldn't get a duplicate due to the government shutdown and didn't know where else to turn.
Fortunately, for Sandy Laney, and her husband Curtis, she managed to find her Social Security card, and they are no longer in danger of losing their home.
Curtis Laney is dying of pancreatic cancer and is under hospice care. His doctor gave him six months.
He's on disability from his truck driving job, and they're behind in their rent and worried they could be evicted.
But now that Sandy Laney has her Social Security card, the Metro Action Commission will help them pay rent and utilities.
"I felt helpless, because we were there to get help," Sandy Laney said.
Still, anyone else applying for a new or replacement Social Security card is going to face these same issues.
The Laneys want Congress to know the government shutdown is hurting a lot of people who've worked hard and paid taxes all their lives.
"They're sitting there arguing about this. They should have had this stuff done months ago," Curtis Laney said. "It's not right. I can't believe our government would let people down like that, but they are."
Channel 4 News has attempted to reach the Social Security office in Washington, but the phone line goes straight to a recording, saying they'll get back to us.
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