STATEMENT ON IMPACT OF GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
The Muskogee Housing Authority serves over 1300 families, all of whom are affected by the continued government shutdown. This shutdown, and the resulting absence of federal funding, impacts housing assistance payments to private property owners, the ability to ensure proper maintenance and management, as well as capital improvement activities.
Of greatest concern at this time is the inability to pay more than $300,000 in housing assistance payments beyond February 1st for families participating in the Housing Choice Voucher program. Funds for these payments, as well as funding for case managers, come directly from the federal government. The agency does have voucher reserves but, ironically, those funds are required to be held by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is part of the government shutdown. Other programs operated by the agency have sufficient emergency reserves to continue operations for 1-2 months if necessary.
Muskogee Housing is urging all parties involved, as well as the public, to contact their Congressional representation as well as the White House to urge an end to this stalemate.
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