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Public housing authorities still under threat as government shutdown ends
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Saturday Jan 26th, 2019 12:35 AM
According to the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), "SHA’s services have continued throughout this last shutdown. If the government shuts down again on February 16, SHA and other public housing authorities will still have federal funding through February. In addition, SHA has the ability to continue funding expenses through March regardless of whether the government shuts down again in February."
Public housing authorities still under threat as government shutdown ends

By Lynda Carson - January 26, 2019

Yesterday, Congress and the president agreed to end Trump’s partial government shutdown, which has been a disaster for the American public all across the nation, and the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

The Continuing Resolution that Congress agreed to funds the government at 2018 levels through February 15, 2019. However, Trump is threatening the American public with another government shutdown on February 16 if Congress fails to fund his racist border wall that he has been demanding. Or like a dictator, he may choose to use emergency powers to have the border wall built if Congress fails to meet his demands by February 16.

According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), “When the government reopens, HUD will have three weeks to start renewing rental assistance contracts, ensure homeless service providers receive delayed funding grants, and fund both public housing operations and Housing Choice Vouchers. USDA will be able to renew rental assistance and approve loans.

Three weeks will not be enough time, however, for HUD and USDA to address the backlog of work that has piled up during the shutdown. Congress must pass full-year spending bills that provide robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs.”

Tens of thousands of Section 8 voucher tenants (Housing Choice Voucher Tenants) are afraid that the Section 8 landlords will evict them if Trump’s partial government shutdown continues again in February, and our nation’s Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) fail to make payments to the Section 8 landlords in March.

In a statement in response to Trump’s announcement NLIHC President and CEO Dianne Yentel said, “The shutdown was a disgrace, causing stress and hardship for our country’s lowest-income and most vulnerable people. Over time, we will learn the extent of the longer-term damage done to the programs that serve them and to what extent the damage can be remedied. With a short-term agreement to reopen the government, millions of low-income renters and housing providers can now breathe a sigh of relief.

“But governing in 3-week increments is unacceptable…Congress and the Administration must immediately work together to enact the full-year spending bills that already have strong bipartisan support. Only with full-year spending bills will low-income renters have the security they deserve and will the programs that serve them have the assurance of the long-term funding they need to properly function.”

Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) Are Still Under Threat As Government Shutdown Ends

In a statement on the website of the Seattle Housing Authority called ‘government shutdown ends’, it said, “On Friday, January 25, the president and Congress reached a deal to end the partial government shutdown with a Continuing Resolution that will fund government at 2018 levels through February 15 of this year. The president said, however, that he is prepared to either invoke emergency powers or shut down the government again on February 16 if agreement is not reached on a budget that includes funding to build a border wall.

SHA’s services have continued throughout this last shutdown. If the government shuts down again on February 16, SHA and other public housing authorities will still have federal funding through February. In addition, SHA has the ability to continue funding expenses through March regardless of whether the government shuts down again in February.”

However, many other PHAs may not be in as good of shape as the Seattle Housing Authority is because they may not have enough in reserves to fund their agencies and programs if Trump shutdowns the government again on February 16, 2019.

Making matters worse, HUD wants to take the reserves from PHAs all across the nation and return the reserves to the Treasury Department. PHAs are presently in a huge battle with HUD in an effort to stop HUD from taking their reserves from them. There are around 3,000 PHAs in the United States, and its territories.

Our public housing authorities are an incredibly important part of our nation’s communities to provide and manage subsidized housing programs for veterans, low-income families, the elderly, and disabled.

As an example of what some of our nation’s 3,000 public housing authorities have been experiencing because of Trump’s government shutdown, click on some links below.

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

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(Pennsylvania)
Allegheny County Housing Authority

http://www.achsng.com/

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(Oklahoma)
Stillwater Housing Authority

http://www.stillwaterhousing.org/government-shutdown--.html

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(Oklahoma)
Oklahoma City Housing Authority

http://www.ochanet.org/landlord%20shutdown%20letter.pdf

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(Ohio)
Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority - 1/18/2019

https://www.lucasmha.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=20

https://www.lucasmha.org/283/Federal-Shutdown

https://www.lucasmha.org/DocumentCenter/View/810/Notice-to-Residents-Participants

https://www.lucasmha.org/DocumentCenter/View/811/NOTICE-TO-VENDORS-AND-CONTRACTORS

https://www.lucasmha.org/DocumentCenter/View/812/NOTICE-TO-EXTERNAL-PARTNERS

https://www.lucasmha.org/DocumentCenter/View/813/NOTICE-TO-LANDLORDS

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(Texas)
San Antonio Housing Authority 1/16/2019

https://www.saha.org/images/SAHAMessage_FederalGovernmentShutdown_Jan16.pdf

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(Oklahoma)
Muskogee Housing Authority - 1/11/2019

https://www.muskogeehousing.org/news-view?id=12

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(Illinois)
DuPage Housing Authority & Kendall Housing Authority - 1/10/2019

http://www.dupagehousing.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Gov-shutdown-notice.pdf

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(Florida)
Broward County Housing Authority

https://www.bchafl.org/Docs/BusinessWithBCHA/Landlords/Government%20Shutdown%20Notice.pdf

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(Texas)
Houston Housing Authority

http://www.housingforhouston.com/media/55314/hha_gov_shutdown_docrevised.pdf

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(Washington)
Housing Authority of Snohomish County - 1/16/2019

https://hasco.org/government-shutdown-and-hascos-section-8-program-faqs/

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(California)
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

https://tinyurl.com/yauoho9f

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(Ohio)
Public Housing - City of Parma

http://cityofparma-oh.gov/en-US/Public-Housing.aspx

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(Indiana)
Indianapolis Housing Authority

https://indyhousing.org/

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(Louisiana)
Housing Authority of New Orleans

http://www.hano.org/

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(California)
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency

https://www.shra.org/

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(Washington, D.C.)
District of Columbia Housing Authority

http://dchousing.org/doc.aspx?docid=201901071120082103

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(Florida)
Seminole County Housing Authority

https://scha-fla.org/

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(Illinois)
Housing Authority of Cook County

http://thehacc.org/

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(Mississippi)
Mississippi Regional Housing Authority

http://www.mrha8.org/

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(Virginia)
Alexandria Housing Authority

http://www.alexhousing.org/

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(Georgia)
Marietta Housing Authority

https://www.mariettahousingauthority.org/

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(Texas)
Port Arthur Housing Authority

https://pahousing.org/2019/01/16/government-shutdown-faqs/

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(Wisconsin)
Housing Authority of Racine County

https://www.rcha.org/News-Events-blog?post=2723

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(Florida)
Tampa Housing Authority

http://uploads.thafl.com/PartialGovtShutdown.pdf

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(Georgia)
Housing Authority of the City of Augusta

http://www.augustapha.org/

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(Texas)
Fort Worth Housing Solutions

https://www.fwhs.org/

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(Massachusettes)
Billerica Housing Authority

http://www.billericahousing.org/documents/notices/SNAP_Government_Shutdown_Update.pdf

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(California)
Housing & Community Development Services

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/sdhcd/nppr/announcements.html

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(Washington)
Bremerton Housing Authority

https://www.bremertonhousing.org/

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(Washington)
Spokane Housing Authority

http://www.spokanehousing.org/

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(Washington)
Vancouver Housing Authority - 1/11/2019

https://vhausa.org/vha-news/federal-government-shutdown-impact-on-vha

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(Arkansas)
Jonesboro Urban Renewal & Housing Authority

https://www.jurha.org/

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(Oregon)
Housing Authority of Yamhill County - December 2018

http://www.hayc.org/home/index.html

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(Texas)
Housing Authority of the City of Austin - 1/11/2019

https://www.hacanet.org/public-notices/update-government-shutdown-on-hacas-rental-assistance-programs/

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(Washington)
Housing Authority of Thurston County

http://www.hatc.org/important-things-to-know/

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(Ohio)
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

https://www.cmha.net/webshare/docs/ads/government%20shutdown.pdf

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(Florida)
Tampa Housing Authority

http://uploads.thafl.com/PartialGovtShutdown.pdf

http://www.thafl.com/

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(North Carolina)
Durham Housing Authority

https://www.durhamhousingauthority.org/alerts/

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(Idaho)
Boise City & County Housing Authority

https://bcacha.org/

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(New York)
Rochester Housing Authority

https://www.rochesterhousing.org/

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(Florida)
Punta Gorda Housing Authority

http://puntagordaha.org/

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Chicago Housing Authority

http://www.thecha.org/residents/housing-choice-voucher-hcv-program

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(Texas)
Harris County Housing Authority

http://hchatexas.org/government-shutdown-impact-on-hcha-2/

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(Texas)
Taylor Housing Authority

http://www.taylorha.org/

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(California)
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

https://hacsb.org/federal-government-shutdown-information/

https://hacsb.org/wpfb-file/ltr_landlord_governmentshutdown-pdf/

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(California)
Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

https://housing.smcgov.org/

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(California)
Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach - 1/11/2019

http://www.longbeach.gov/haclb/news/impact-of-the-partial-government-shutdown/

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(Virginia)
Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/housing/

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(Michigan)
Grand Rapids Housing Commission

https://www.grhousing.org/

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(Georgia)
Brunswick Housing Authority

http://brunswickpha.org/

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(Washington)
Tacoma Housing Authority

https://www.tacomahousing.net/

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(South Carolina)
The Greenville Housing Authority

https://www.tgha.net/news_view?id=269

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(Illinois)
Housing Authority of the County of DeKalb

https://dekcohousing.com/government-shut-housing-assistance-payments/

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(Virginia)
Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority

http://www.prha.org/prha/images/documents/home/Shut%20down%20media%20notice.pdf

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(California)
Housing Authority County of San Joaquin

http://www.hacsj.com/HCVP/Government_Shutdown_Notice.pdf

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(California)
Orange County Housing Authority

http://www.ochousing.org/

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(California)
Housing Authority of the County of San Bernadino - 1/24/2019

http://www.hacsb.com/

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(California)
Santa Clara Housing Authority

https://www.scchousingauthority.org/assets/1/6/Draft_govt_shutdown_msg.pdf

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(California)
San Diego Housing Commission

https://www.sdhc.org/housing-opportunities/help-with-your-rent/government-shutdown/

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(Champaign, Illinois)
Housing Authority of Champaign County - 1/14/2019

https://www.hacc.net/news_view?id=28

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(Massachusettes)
Chelmsford Housing Authority

http://www.chelmsfordha.com/federal-government-shutdown/

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(Texas)
Plano Housing Authority

http://www.planoha.org/

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(Indiana)
Housing Authority of South Bend

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b69d14_0373a80958ba4af793941d25d41b4651.pdf

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Nevada Rural Housing Authority - 1/15/2019

https://nvrural.org/2019/01/15/statement-regarding-government-shutdown/

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(Virginia)
Norfolk Redevelopment Housing Authority feels effects of government shutdown - 1/14/2019

http://www.nrha.us/newsandevents/nrhanews/norfolk-redevelopment-housing-authority-feels-effects-government-shutdown

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(California)
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda

http://www.haca.net/

http://www.haca.net/index.php/landlords/landlord-resources

http://www.haca.net/index.php/participants/participant-resources

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(California)
Oakland Housing Authority

http://www.oakha.org/Pages/default.aspx

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(California)
Santa Clara Housing Authority

https://www.scchousingauthority.org/assets/1/6/Draft_govt_shutdown_msg.pdf

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Louisville Metro Housing Authority - 1/17/2019

http://www.lmha1.org/

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(Tennessee)
Morristown Housing Authority

https://www.morristownpha.org/

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(Fresno, CA)
Fresno Housing Authority

http://fresnohousing.org/govshutdown/

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(Albany, NY)
Albany Housing Authority

*URGENT MESSAGE FOR SECTION 8 VOUCHER HOLDERS AND LANDLORDS*
| Published: January 17, 2019

http://www.albanyhousing.org/featurednews/urgent-message-section-8-voucher-holders-landlords

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(Richmond, VA.)
Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority - Government shutdown notice - January 16, 2019

https://www.rrha.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RRHA-Government-Shutdown-1.16.19.pdf

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Abilene Housing Authority (Texas) 1/23/2019

http://abileneha.org/news-view?id=32

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Fort Wayne Housing Authority (Indiana)

https://fwha.org/news/government-shutdown/

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