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St. Pete government worker devastated by shutdown

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For government workers like Vivien Henderson, the last sixteen days have been a nightmare. 

Henderson lives in St. Petersburg and is a single mother of two.  She lives paycheck to paycheck. When the government shut down, the bills started to pile up. "My electric, they told me I could pay them the beginning of November, my cable bill is back due, my water was about to be shut off, so I had to borrow money, from people." said Henderson.

To make matters worse, Henderson had just spent 1,550 dollars as a first month's rent for a larger home in Hillsborough County. 

When she learned she might be furloughed, she backed out of the deal. Her deposit was lost. "As soon as they said there might be a shutdown, I backed out of my lease, because I didn't know if I was going to get a paycheck in the future and I didn't want to go into a home knowing that I wouldn't have money to pay rent and then get evicted and be on the streets. "

Henderson is currently working with the rental agency, and is hoping to come to a resolution. In the meantime, she's hopeful she'll be able to get back on top of her finances. "I'm blessed that I have a job still," Said Henderson. "And now that I know I'm going to get paid, I'm able to pay all my bills. But just all this stress these past two weeks, not knowing. That's the worst part. Not knowing what was going to happen. When we were going to reopen. "

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