Can’t Access Your Funding During the Shutdown?

written by Steve Berg
October 7, 2013

We’ve been receiving calls and emails from people who run homeless assistance programs who haven’t been able to access their program’s funding during the partial government shutdown. So we thought it might be a good idea to post this quick update.

From what we’ve been able to find out, federal agencies are committed to keeping homelessness programs in operation even though many federal employees are on furlough due to Congress’s failure to pass appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2014.

Nevertheless, there have been two problems that we’re aware of:

  • If HUD-funded homelessness programs have been awarded HUD Homeless funding but are having trouble accessing it, they should use the “Ask-A-Question” feature on the “One CPD” website, at www.onecpd.info.  That way people at headquarters can call in extra staff if needed to solve problems. This will be more effective than trying to get a HUD staffer to answer the question.
  • SSVF providers were having trouble accessing VA funds for SSVF providers, but that problem has been resolved. For some more detail on that issue, please visit this page of the VA website.  

Other issues will come up if the shutdown drags on, which most commentators appear to believe it will. We’ve found that the general policy of the federal government is that homeless services and housing programs are emergency programs. This allows the federal government to call in staff people when necessary to distribute already-awarded program funds.

If that is not happening in an individual case, please let us know.