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The federal government shutdown started in late December 2018 and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is one of the affected agencies. Media outlets have reported that “(Federal) public housing officials say they don’t know how long rental assistance payments will keep coming from the government” causing some customers, private landlord partners, elected officials, and community advocates to ask questions about the impact on DC Housing Authority (DCHA) programs.

It’s impossible to predict how long the shutdown will continue, however, DCHA will not be affected for at least 90 days.

DCHA received HUD’s standard monthly payment on January 2, 2019, ensuring that DCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) and public housing program remain fully funded through January. In addition, HUD’s February funding has been obligated and scheduled for release to DCHA on February 1, 2019. 

If the federal shutdown continues through February and federal funding stops, DCHA has set aside financial reserves that would allow the agency to provide services beginning in March 2019. Current HUD funding and DCHA’s financial reserves will permit DCHA to operate through March 2019.

If there are any changes to this set of facts, DCHA will contact its customers, its HCVP landlord partners, the public, and the media with updates.

Last modified: 1/7/2019 11:20:08 AM