CLARIFICATION and shutdown update: January Rental Assistance payments will be made

UPDATE, January 23, 2019

More of the many media reports related to the shutdown’s impact on USDA housing and rural residents:

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As of January 16, 2019, parts of the federal government including USDA and HUD remain shut down. Limited functions are continuing at USDA’s national office in Washington, DC and the Customer Service Center in St. Louis, but loan closings are not taking place and applications are not being processed. RD staff provided a great service by getting December’s Section 521 Rental Assistance payments made on schedule in early January, and have unofficially assured HAC and others that January’s RA payments will be made in early February. RA payments each month are for the RA contracts that expired during that month, and obligate a full year of RA funding. It is HAC’s understanding that if the shutdown continues into February, RA contracts expiring that month will not be paid. It is not clear whether Section 542 vouchers will be paid for February.

Here are some recent reports related to USDA housing during the shutdown.This list was updated on January 16.