HUD Closure Due to Shutdown Causing Housing Issues

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 10, 2019 06:32 PM

The shutdown could lead to some housing issues in Duluth and across the nation.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) is closed due to the shutdown. This means the HUD office in Minneapolis is closed as well, so any requests, permissions, or initiatives waiting for approval by the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority(HRA) are on hold.

Federal employees with HUD will be affected financially as well. Eighty percent of the HUD federal employees across the country work outside of Washington D.C. so the financial impact will be felt all over.

As far as Section 8 and public housing programs go, the executive director of the Duluth HRA, Jill Keppers, said housing assistance payments to landlords not only in Duluth, but across the country, may be affected. The payments have been approved through February but March payments may be delayed if the shutdown continues past February.

"The renters need to know that they need to continue to make their portion of the rent payment when they’re on section 8, that's very important. Our landlords will be working closely with them. We want to make sure we are getting our portion of the rent payment out to the landlord so they don't have delays,” Keppers said.

Keppers went on to say that the HRA is committed to making sure their customers continue to stay housed and continue to get their housing assistance payments.

A payment that has also been approved through February is the operating subsidy for public housing programs.

Another affected portion of the HRA are the grants drawn from the federal government to pay service providers. Those are on hold but the grants are expected to come through once the shutdown ends.


Alejandra Palacios

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