PHOENIX - As threats of a government shutdown loom, Arizona's unemployed say they are bracing for the worst.
Most already pinched for income will be the first to feel the effects of a shutdown and will likely be hit the hardest.
"It's scary, I can't sleep at night," said Arlene Rowden, an unemployed warehouse worker.
We caught up with Rowden as she left the Department of Economic Security's office near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road on Thursday.
She was frustrated to hear of the possible shutdown that could prevent her from getting her unemployment check.
"Politics is getting on my nerves, I hate it. I hate it because it's not for the people," said Rowden.
She spent the day going from agency to agency, informing those she owed money to that the next paycheck may not come.
"I've been calling friends, family and relatives for help, but everybody's struggling."
The check Rowden will miss if the government shuts down is pivotal. She's already been served an eviction notice if the rent does not come on time and DES workers can't give her any answers.
"They say just be patient, we're working on it, but how can you be patient when you have notices...I'm thinking crazy thoughts on how to make it," bellowed Rowden.
Rowden tells ABC15 she is turning to faith to keep her sane, even though she has little faith in lawmakers right now, saying, "I can't do anything but pray."
Department of Economic Security officials said they are working on a plan and will be prepared for the shutdown. But until it happens, they can't comment on what that plan is.
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