On Dec. 21, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other agencies without a Fiscal Year 2019 budget closed their doors. There is currently no end in sight to the partial government shutdown that’s being driven by President Trump’s insistence on more than $5 billion in federal funding for a border wall between Mexico and the U.S.
On the first day of the 116th Congress, House Democrats and a handful of Republicans approved two bills to end the shutdown: a continuing resolution to push back the border wall fight and resume funding of the Department of Homeland Security; and budgets for the departments currently without funding. The proposals were not taken up by the GOP-led Senate, with leadership citing President Trump’s plan to veto the bills because they didn’t include border wall funding.
As the HUD shutdown drags on, here is how it will continue to impact service coordination:
- Properties are not able to register for Standards for Success or Grant Solutions accounts
- Service Coordinator Calendar Year 2019 Grant Renewals that include a two percent cost of living adjustment are not being processed, therefore grants funds can not be drawn down from LOCCS
- HUD regional staff are not available for assistance with the filing of the final semi-annual reports, which are due Jan. 30
AASC recently joined other stakeholder groups to create a fact sheet detailing how the government shutdown is impacting a range of affordable housing programs. View the fact sheet here.
HUD is following this 89-page contingency plan during the shutdown. AASC members should review a frequently asked questions section of the plan, which begins on page 61. Questions and answers are organized by housing program.
About 100 excepted and exempt full-time employees continue to work in HUD’s Department of Housing during the shutdown. There are typuically more than 2,000 employees working in that office, which is the department’s largest. In HUD’s 10 Regional Offices and 55 Field Offices, minimal staff have been maintained to ensure the safety of human life and the protection of property.
AASC staff will continue to be available to answer HUD-related questions and will notify members when the shutdown has ended.
AASC's Standards for Success Webinars Rescheduled
As a result of the partial government shutdown, Start Here! Enroll in Standards for Success webinars scheduled on Jan. 15 and Jan. 22 will be rescheduled for a later date. Members previously registered for the webinars that were set to be led by HUD staff will be automatically re-registered when the webinars are rescheduled.