We’ve received a few inquiries about how the prolonged federal government shutdown is affecting us and our residents. Our tenants should know that their tenancy is NOT AT RISK due to the shutdown. Payments from HUD or USDA-Rural Development may be delayed in the near future if the shutdown continues; if this happens CHT and our properties may experience cash flow challenges but we will work through them as best we can.
To be clear: No tenants will be evicted if HUD or any other federal agency fails to live up to the terms of our contract with the government for rental subsidy. All other residents not receiving subsidy, however, are expected to pay as normal, and tenants receiving subsidy should still pay their portion of their rent.
There may be other impacts, of course, to the government shutdown. The State of Vermont took steps to extend SNAP benefits through February. Social Security benefits are not affected so residents will still receive those payments.
If there are CHT residents who are furloughed employees of the federal government, please call us to verify your employment status and we will work out a plan with you to help you through this difficult time.
If you need additional assistance meeting your basic needs, please try Vermont 211 at www.vermont211.org
Lastly, we are in contact with our Congressional delegation to ensure they understand the impacts of the shutdown so they can bring Vermonter’s experience to their colleagues in Washington. If you wish to share your story, please be in touch with your property manager.