Government shutdown hurts low income housing

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by Janet Roach, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 7:00 PM

NORFOLK -- The government shutdown has housing officials across the region worried. 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is closed and that means the money it dishes out to help people afford housing is cut off.

Norfolk relies on $2 million per month to help landlords pay the mortgages of residents in the Housing Choice Voucher system or Section 8.

Some 2,700 people in the city are enrolled in the program, including about 850 who are elderly and disabled. 

Director of Communications and Government Relations for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Ed Ware says the city may have to dip into its very limited reserves to make ends meet.

"As we get deeper into October, that becomes a large question mark. Without this safety net, they are in jeopardy of not being able to find adequate housing," Ware said.

With HUD being closed, according to Ware, it's hard to get questions answered and he's not sure what will happen if the shutdown isn't resolved by the end of October.

So far, there are no plans to contact Section 8 landlords because so much is up in the air. Ware hopes that the situation doesn't get to the point where residents could be directly affected.
 

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