Some local social service agencies that rely on federal money can only guess when the money will begin flowing again.
Nancy Coston, the director of the Orange County Department of Social Services, says she can only speculate that things will be fully operational next week.
A more concrete example of a timeline for services is with the Work First program.
Coston says applications typically take 30 days to process, and they've still been taking applications during the shutdown.
So, if you applied on Oct. 1, you can expect about a 15 to 16 day delay.