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15Jan

Housing Authority’s Plea: Please Call Congress to End Shutdown, Preserve Payments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Should the ongoing partial government shutdown last until March, the Allegheny County Housing Authority won’t have the federal funds needed to pay more than 2,000 local private landlords who provide subsidized housing through the housing choice voucher program, commonly called Section 8.

In bold, red, letters on the housing authority’s web site, the authority is urging calls to Congress.

“Allegheny County Housing Authority urges everyone to make their voices heard to Congress. Congress must agree to a funding bill. Now is the time to reach out to your Congressional Representatives and demand that a fiscal year 2019 appropriations bill for HUD be passed,” says a statement on the agency’s web site.

Authority executive director Frank Aggazio said the agency has also notified landlords of the looming problem via email.

He estimates the more than 2,000 landlords provide shelter for about 5,900 elderly, disabled and low-income people throughout Allegheny County.

The shutdown is approaching the three-week mark, as President Donald Trump and Congress are in a standoff over funding for a border wall.

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh has said it is not experiencing any issues yet due to the shutdown.

 

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