- Created: Friday, 11 January 2019 12:02
- Written by Elizabeth Glidden, MHP Director of Strategic Initiatives & Policy
The partial federal government shutdown, now at three weeks, is harming families and housing, with greatest impacts on low-income families served by affordable housing.
Right: NLIHC map of expired or expiring HUD project-based rental assistance contracts. Explore NLIHC's interactive map.
Our poorest families, living in HUD-subsidized properties, are at tremendous risk. These residents could face eviction and homelessness, as the government has failed to pay contracts with private property owners. The National Low Income Housing Coalition has provided detailed information on impacts, including to public housing programs like Section 8 and housing for the elderly (Section 202), including expiring contracts which put housing for thousands at risk.
Rural housing programs, along with the families that depend on them, have unique concerns, as tracked by the National Rural Housing Coalition. For instance, construction of affordable housing has been stopped in its tracks, with approved projects unable to move forward.