Question: What impact does the Federal government shutdown have on Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) employees, residents, voucher holders, and landlords?
Short answer: The state of LMHA is strong and operations will continue.
Longer answer: The team at Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) is closely monitoring the partial government shutdown (lapse in appropriations) that began on December 22, 2018. This shutdown already has the distinction of being the longest in the history of the United States. We are in an unprecedented time. Nonetheless LMHA remains committed to our Mission to provide quality, affordable housing for those in need, assist residents in their efforts to achieve financial independence, and work with the community to strengthen neighborhoods.
LMHA’s main federal funding partner the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been directly affected by the shutdown. HUD has committed that Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) renewal funds as well as Administrative Fees are scheduled to be paid on time for February.
Thanks to years of careful stewardship of funds and in anticipation of lapses in HUD appropriations, LMHA has funds in reserve. Should it become necessary for the month of March, LMHA will fund expenses of operations. This includes HAP payments to private market landlords who rent units to participants on our Housing Choice Voucher program. Rest assured that LMHA will also seek reimbursement from HUD-Held Housing Assistance Payment Reserves.
Besides funding Public Housing operations from reserves, LMHA will continue to access Public Housing Capital Funds to make critical repairs and upgrades to units and developments.
The state of LMHA is strong and we are committed to navigate these difficult times. Thank you for your continued partnerships and please check back in with LMHA at www.lmha1.org for periodic updates.
Lisa Osanka Executive Director
The mission of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority is to provide quality, affordable housing for those in need, assist residents in their efforts to achieve financial independence, and work with the community to strengthen neighborhood.
Due to a scheduling conflict the LMHA February Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. No meeting will be held Feb. 19th. All future board meetings will remain the third Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted.