Low-income housing residents could be facing eviction if shutdown continues


MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - As the government shutdown continues, we're learning more about how Miami Valley residents are being impacted.

According to housing advocates, residents of low-income housing could be facing eviction if the government doesn't reopen soon.

"We don't know what will happen. We've never been in a situation like this before,” President of the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center Jim McCarthy said.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sent out a letter to a thousand landlords last week, informing them that during the first thirty days of a shutdown, HUD would continue to provide funds for section 8 housing.

But with the shutdown now in day 18 and counting, what will happen after that 30 days is unknown.

“HUD has enough money to be able to continue making payments through January and, for some subsidized programs, possibly into February, but they are scrambling to find money to do anything beyond that,” McCarthy said

More than 1,000 government contracts with HUD have already expired. 500 more will expire this month and another 500 will expire in February if the shutdown continues that long.

Residents of a section 8 housing community in West Dayton are concerned about the potential impact the shutdown will have on all aspects of their life.

“Without them, I'm not going to be able to pay anything. I won't get a check. No rent, no food stamps. I mean, the government is all I have,” Willow Boddie said.

Worse yet, there might not be much they can do about it.

"These are people who are living largely on less that 10 thousand dollars a year,” McCarthy said. “Some of these folks may or may not even have a phone to call their congressperson."

So far, there have been no clues as to when the partial shutdown will end.

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