Will Chicago Section 8 be Affected by Government Shut-Down?

sec8stadThe Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development released a contingency plan for procedures in the event of a government shut-down.  The 67 page document is complex but it does address, in some small regard, what might happen to Section 8 programs during the government shut down.

In the section related to multi-family housing, the document indicates that HUD will “Make payments under Section 8 contracts, rent supplement, section 236, PRACS where there is a permanent or indefinite authority or multi-year funding.” and it goes on to say that HUD will “Renew/Fund Section 8 contracts and PRACS where there is budget authority available from prior appropriations or recaptures.”

Honestly, I don’t really know what that means.  I think it means that as long as there is money in the pot, they will keep funding Section 8.  That’s actually the same answer I was given this morning when I contacted the Chicago Housing Authority to ask about the status of Section 8 voucher payments.  The representative indicated that they have not been told that there will be any changes right now, so “there is no change until there is a change”.

Interestingly, the reference to section 8 payments was not included under the heading in the document for single family properties.  I wonder if that will make a difference.

In the FAQ Section of the document, there are two interesting references:

Q: Will HUD make payments under Section 8 contracts, rent supplement, section 236, or PRACS where there is a permanent or indefinite authority or multi-year funding?
A: Only where there is budget authority available from prior appropriations or recaptures.

So, it looks like they have money until they run out of money.  They also indicate the following:

Q: Will Section 8 waiver requests be processed?
A: No

So, no section 8 waivers for now.  October payments should already have been made.  It will be interesting to see what November and December will bring.

Update:  Here’s an article from Ohio that indicates that November payments there are likely at risk if there is a long-term shut-down.

Update: Here’s an article from Louisiana that indicates that Section 8 payments will be delayed for a few weeks.

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