For the first time in two decades, the federal government has been shutdown. That means all non-essential employees will be “furloughed” (meaning, not working and not getting paid) until the government is back up and running. Many essential government programs including museums, national monuments, and other government funded projects will be closed.
We all know Section 8 is a federally funded program, so the big question is, what happens now?
First and foremost, the rental payments will not be affected. At least not yet. The October payments have already been funded (and probably sent in already). And the shutdown is not likely to last through November, however anything is possible. At this time, it is unknown if the November payments will be affected, but it is highly unlikely.
There is, however, a very serious and potentially crippling side effect to the government shutdown as it relates to Section 8. Many of the administrative staff at the local HA’s are paid via the federal government and are deemed “non-essential.” That means they will not be working and the ripple effect could be huge. There will be less people able to help with research, technical support, and most importantly processing the Section 8 paperwork. The real problem is that it may take some time for the problems to begin arising, so many government officials may not even be aware of the potential crisis until it’s too late.
Let’s hope the politicians can get their act together and remedy this situation soon. Feel free to leave any questions in the comment section and I’ll do my best to answer them.