ALMA, Ark. (KNWA) – In day 24 of the government shutdown residents in low-income housing aren’t receiving any money to help pay their rent and may end up without a place to live.
According to the United States Department Of Housing And Urban Development, in December 2018 it awarded $29 million in grants to public housing authorities across the nation.
But during the shutdown, none of that money can be used.
According to HUD, each housing authority program can withstand the shutdown until they have no more money left in the bank.
The Fayetteville Housing Authority said as of now they are running smoothly and have funding until the end of March.
But some Northwest Arkansas residents are getting hit much harder.
Residents of low-income housing in Alma received a letter from their complex saying due to the shutdown they are now responsible for paying their rent.
One person said during this time Arkansans should be coming together.
“We’re supposed to be Arkansas strong, I think that there could be other ways to dealing with putting people out on the street. While we’re here in Arkansas, in this little community right here, let’s look out for one another,” said low-income housing assistance recipient, Gerard Chaffee.