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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Seniors, Families, and Others Risk Losing Housing as Shutdown Continues | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Seniors, Families, and Others Risk Losing Housing as Shutdown Continues | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children that receive federal rental assistance face severe hardship if the government shutdown extends into February and March.

Here’s why:

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says it can’t renew up to 1,150 rental assistance contracts with private landlords that expired in December or will expire in January due to a funding shortfall from the government shutdown. Those landlords receive federal subsidies so they can provide apartments at affordable rents to roughly 40,000 low-income households. While a delay of several weeks in renewing the contracts (and restarting the subsidies) likely won’t prompt building owners to evict vulnerable residents, the risks for residents — and for the affected programs’ long-term future — will grow if the shutdown extends into February and March, dramatically boosting the number of residents who could experience severe hardship.