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2019 Federal Shut Down Plan
Message from Jennifer Keogh, NCRC President
The Federal Government shut-down continues; the longest in our history, surpassing the 1995-1996 shutdown that lasted 21 days. Though the House has passed several measures to re-open the government, none contain funding for a border wall and will not be considered by Senate because of a veto threat from the White House.
We have heard from YOU, our members, concerned about what happens beyond February. How you plan for and message the shutdown is incredibly important. The attached Engagement Plan outlines the critical steps you should take as an agency as you prepare.
How should you prepare?
Communication templates for landlords and residents will be posted to the NCRC NAHRO website next week.
The President and the Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney need to hear from you: tell them to work with Congress to reopen the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The White House/OMB letter is the first letter in the NAHRO Advocacy Action Center.
NAHRO has a letter to Congress to the Advocacy Action Center. If you haven’t already, please send that one to your legislators as well, to urge them to work with the White House to reopen the federal government.
While HUD does have funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program and the Public Housing Operating Fund through February. if the shutdown continues into March, no payments will be made for that month.
PHAs administering Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs may access their HUD-held Housing Assistance Payment Reserves (HHR) under certain circumstances (i.e., their voucher reserves). In those instances where scheduled payments (for January and February) are not sufficient to meet a program’s Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) need, PHAs may access their reserves.
Specifically, in situations where a failure to act “would result in an imminent threat to the safety of human life or the protection of property,” PHAs may request their HAP reserves from HUD in the following instances:
These funds may only be used for HAP funding. To request the additional payment, please contact Robert.H.Boepple@hud.gov. The request should include the following:
Housing authorities should also review PIH Notice 2013-28 titled “Guidance on the Use of Outside Sources of Funds in the HCV Program.”
HUD’s email guidance can be found here.
As the shutdown continues NCRC NAHRO is here to help answer questions and navigate these unchartered waters. Please continue to forward any communication from HUD and news articles that may feature your agency to me.
It is my sincere hope that having an Engagement Plan will assist your agency through these times and help you as leaders feel more confident to lead through change.
Jennifer Keogh, NCRC NAHRO President