Thousands of low-income renters could lose housing assistance as shutdown continues

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The ripple effect of the shutdown is continuing. Thousands of low income renters across the country could lose their housing assistance. That includes people with disabilities and seniors. 

It’s now week four of the government shutdown. The Department of Housing and Urban development or HUD can’t renew federal contracts for affordable housing that have expired since the shutdown began.  

The nonpartisan National Low Income Housing Coalition released findings of expired or hud-subsidized properties that are set to expire in the coming months. It shows 15 properties in Kansas and four in Wichita that could be impacted.  We reached out to the properties on the list and the owners didn’t want to speak on camera but tell me they are ok for now. 

“So for now, HUD is asking the owners of these properties to basically dip into their savings if they have any to cover the cost, said Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. 

A backup plan that the longer the shutdown goes on Yentel says those savings may run out. 

“And at that point, the more likely it becomes that those owners will be left with no good options including considering rent hikes or even starting eviction proceedings for some of these lowest income renters,” said Yentel. 

A spokesperson for the City of Wichita says the city is working on a plan for all departments including the housing department who are affected by the government shutdown. 
 

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