NAHRO has learned that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has enough money to ensure that February payments for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program and the public housing Operating Fund will be made available to public housing authorities (PHAs). HUD intends to make those payments on time. NAHRO has also learned that there is not currently enough money to make HCV and Operating Fund payments for March, if the government shutdown continues until then.
In order to end the government shutdown, Congress must agree to a funding bill. Now is the time to reach out to your Congresspeople and demand that a fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for HUD is passed. NAHRO has prepared a letter that can be sent to your Congressional members through the NAHRO Advocacy Action Center.
As PHAs make their voices heard to Congress, NAHRO will continue to fight for you and the families you serve and will continue to inform members as soon as we learn more.
One thought on “HUD Funds Available for February, But Not for March”
All agencies will be impacted if funds are not distributed in March. As a small rural housing authority, this is very concerning to me the impact this has emotionally and financially for our residents. We serve the elderly, children, disabled, veterans and individuals that have had drastic life changes that just need that hand up with assistance to get them back on track to self-sufficiency. These are real people, real faces that are our neighbors in our local community. The fear factor that this brings to our residents is heartbreaking when they think that they could possibly become homeless. (Which is not the intent of any of us.) We do our best to reassure that we will work to maintain things status quo until funding is restored should the shutdown continue.
We will continue to advocate with our legislators to fund our programs and ask them to end the government shutdown.