Government shutdown impacting housing programs

Housing Support Gov. Shutdown Impact

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Right now, we are 28 days into the longest government shutdown in history.

Not only is the shutdown affecting federal workers, but the effects can be felt right here in South Georgia.

Many of the Neighborhood Development Department programs are being put on hold.

In Valdosta, programs like the Affordable Housing Repair program funded with federal money, have been put on hold or are surviving on credit.

These programs include all things funded by the community development block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

These funded programs and the workers will not see the money necessary to continue if the government does not reopen.

“For some communities, they don’t have a city that has that type of money to float until the federal money comes in. So, in a lot of communities, my counterparts in several communities across this nation, are being laid off or being furloughed or being told we don’t know when we can call you back because those communities don’t have those dollars to pay those salaries," said Neighborhood Development Director Vanassa Flucas.

Flucas says that without the $670,000 in federal funds they are supposed to receive, many programs will see severe cutbacks or will stop altogether.

Departmental workers even say their contact with HUD has already stopped.

And without funding, these programs can only last until about June 30th.

Copyright 2019 WALB. All rights reserved.