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Bay Area Section 8 Project-Based housing affected by Trump’s government shutdown
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Wednesday Jan 9th, 2019 9:39 PM
Section 8 Project-Based projects in the Bay Area provide subsidized housing for low-income renters, the elderly, and disabled. The projects are subsidized by HUD, and the federal government.
Bay Area Section 8 Project-Based housing affected by Trump’s government shutdown

By Lynda Carson - January 9, 2019

Oakland - In an interactive map released earlier today by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), it revealed that there are a number of Section 8 Project-Based subsidized housing projects in the Bay Area that have contracts that have been allowed expire by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The subsidized housing contracts cannot be renewed by HUD until Trump’s government shutdown is over, because it would be in violation of The Antideficiency Act.

Section 8 Project-Based projects in the Bay Area provide subsidized housing for low-income renters, the elderly, and disabled. The projects are subsidized by HUD, and the federal government.

One project-based housing contract that expired during December in the Bay Area has 20 HUD assisted units. Additional project-based housing projects with contracts that were allowed to expire in the Bay Area during December of 2018, include a project with 36 rental units, another with 78 rental units, another with 13 rental units, another with 4 rental units, another with 77 rental units, another with 50 rental units, another with 10 rental units, and another Section 8 project-based project with 40 rental units. There are numerous other Section 8 project-based housing projects throughout California that HUD has allowed their contracts to expire, and cannot renew their contracts until Trump’s government shutdown is over.

According to a January 8, 2019, letter from the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), to some of our nation’s lawmakers, Trump’s government shutdown has resulted in around 1,150 Section 8-Project Based contracts that were not renewed in December of 2018, affecting around 70,000 to 85,000 low-income households.

If Trump’s government shutdown continues, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) expects around an additional 500 Section 8 Project-Based contracts to expire, and be up for renewal in January. This would affect another 30,000 to 40,000 low-income households. Another 550 Section 8 Project-Based contracts are expected to be up for renewal in February, affecting tens of thousands of more low-income renters.

Additionally, the NLIHC sent out an update today about the government shutdown that threatens tens of thousands of low-income renters with eviction, or higher rents if Trump’s government shutdown continues.

In a blog of Douglas Rice, Senior Policy Analyst, for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which was released a few hours ago describes what happens if the government shutdown continues, and said, “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,” according to Mr. Rice.

In an email going around this evening from one of our nation’s “affordable housing leaders”, it says, “Just got off the phone with Doug.  The reality is even worse.   For the additional 21,150 contracts HUD says are funded through February, there is no evidence that HUD can extend funding after that date.   So add another million or so low income families, seniors and elderly, that would be facing the street (along with the 2.2 million Voucher holders and the 100k Project Based tenants whose contracts may not be renewed, described in Doug’s article) if Trump’s shutdown lasts beyond March 1.”

In an NBC news article that came out earlier today, NBC reports that House Democrats will conduct an investigation into why ‘HUD’ has allowed so many Section 8 Project-Based contracts to expire during December.

Reportedly, “House Democrats are using their new oversight authority to investigate the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s management of the shutdown, as questions mount about HUD's failure to renew low-income housing contracts for more than 1,000 properties across the country.

“HUD knew for months about this impending deadline to renew the contracts, but for some reason they failed to take proper action in advance of the shutdown,” said Rep. David Price, D-N.C., the incoming chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on transportation and housing, in a statement.

“I am seeking detailed explanations from HUD officials about this failure and how they will mitigate the consequences, and I will call a hearing if necessary."

People across the nation are demanding that Trump’s government shutdown needs to be ended NOW!

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

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§List of Project-Based Contracts & Addresses
by Lynda Carson Thursday Jan 10th, 2019 3:36 AM
List of Project-Based Contracts & Addresses.

(LC)

Multifamily Assistance & Section 8 Database

https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/housing/mfh/exp/mfhdiscl

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