At the North East Community Action Corporation office in Hannibal Tuesday, people lined-up to apply for winter energy assistance.
But, will other programs go forward in the middle of the shutdown?
NECAC officials say with the USDA shut-down, some housing programs may be put on hold because the federal officials they need to speak with have been furloughed.
The people who count on NECAC's help hope that doesn't happen.
"It's a great help. You worry in the winter about getting your bills cut off. You know your heat and your utilities. If you have health issues, you can't do that very well. It's like a pray for me and a lot of other people here," said Janet Chacon.
Senior citizens and disabled people can still fill out energy assistance applications until March 31st or until the money runs out.
On November 1st, the assistance is available to anyone else in Northeast Missouri who qualifies based on income.
NECAC does not does not expect the shutdown to impact those deadlines.