DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Wednesday marks day 19 of the partial government shutdown.
The longer the shutdown lasts, the higher the stakes become for those living in Section 8 or low-income housing.
Anything and everything to do with Section 8 housing is up in the air right now. Initially, the government did have plans to fund Section 8 housing for the next 30 days. But that appears to be changing, according to Miami Valley Fair Housing.
Jim McCarthy, the President of Miami Valley Fair Housing, says recent communication with The Department of Housing and Urban Development points to a mad dash to secure funding for HUD.
“Subsidized housing residents are some of the country’s most vulnerable people. They are families with children, senior citizens and people with disabilities,” said McCarthy.
Not only do people live in Section 8 housing developments, the government also offers vouchers, which people can take to independent or small-scale property managers.
All of these people could face eviction.
Vouchers act as a direct deposit for landlords. They can sometimes cover as much as 75 percent of an individuals rent.
That means the shutdown has a trickle effect that impacts property managers too.
“How compassionate…and what ability do these folks have to essentially shut their businesses down and remain viable business interests,” said McCarthy.
HUD contracts have already started to expire, making evictions possible.
In Montgomery County, 73 unit contracts expired in December.
77 units will expire by the end of January.
Miami Valley Fair Housing is standing by, hoping to help the people that need it.
“We will do everything to try and ensure that you are housed and all the money that is owed to you or your housing provider flows to the appropriate provider,” said McCarthy.