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Call to Action: Share How Local HFAs Have Been Affected by the Government Shutdown

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The federal government has now been in a partial shutdown for 19 days and its impact is being felt across the nation. Approximately 25 percent of the government is effectively shut down. A number of funding bills were passed and signed last fall, but several important agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Agriculture have been affected by the failure of Congress and the White House to come to an agreement on the remaining spending measures.
 
Last week, the newly elected and Democratic controlled House of Representatives, passed legislation that would end the partial shutdown with funding levels similar to the spending measures approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee for FY 2019 last year, but due to the lack of funding for a southern boarder wall in the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the package would not reach the 60 votes needed to pass through the Senate. In the coming days, congressional leadership and the Trump Administration will negotiate the remaining spending bills. It is unclear how long this negotiations process will take.
 
NALHFA Members Take Action
 
As governmental entities and private citizens feel the impact of the partial shutdown, it is important to document and communicate the consequences of a government shutdown to Congress and the Administration.
 
NALHFA along with our coalition partners in the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF), are seeking stories and examples of how the shutdown is affecting the affordable housing community at the local level. We would like to share these stories presently to encourage lawmakers to quickly end the shutdown, but also save them for the future to remind them about the importance of passing timely spending bills.
 
Please send your examples to NALHFA Policy Director, Heather Voorman at hvoorman@nalhfa.org.

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