National Low Income Housing Coalition
As the partial federal government shutdown approached week six and with the Senate voting but failing to pass either of two competing funding bills on January 24, President Trump announced on the following day, January 25, that an agreement had been reached to temporarily reopen the federal government for three weeks. The stopgap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, would end the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history and give legislators time to negotiate a larger spending deal and border security. The bipartisan deal passed in the House and Senate and was signed by the president.
With the reopening of the government, HUD now has three weeks to start renewing rental assistance contracts, ensure homeless service providers receive delayed funding grants, and fund both public housing operations and Housing Choice Vouchers. USDA will be able to renew rental assistance and approve loans. Three weeks will not be enough time, however, for HUD and USDA to address the backlog of work that piled up during the shutdown. Congress must pass full-year spending bills that provide robust funding for affordable housing and community development programs.