WASHINGTON — Carol Galante, the Federal Housing Administration's commissioner, sought to clarify the agency's plans for a government shutdown on Tuesday, emphasizing that it will continue to guarantee single-family loans during the shutdown in contrast to earlier reports.

"I do want to clear up any confusion about what this means for FHA single-family home borrowers. FHA will be able to endorse single-family loans during the shutdown," she said at a housing event in Washington hosted by the American Action Forum and the Progressive Policy Institute. "A very limited number of staff will be available to endorse new loans."

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