Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Affordable Housing in Central Iowa

Des Moines Register Article Details Shutdown Consequences

Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Affordable Housing in Central Iowa

In an article released on the 32nd day of the partial government shutdown, Des Moines Register Metro Reporter Austin Cannon detailed the impacts on Polk County families.

In speaking with industry leaders, Cannon found that "more than 3,100 Polk County families receive federal rent assistance, which totals about $1.3 million each month". These renters may face eviction if the shutdown continues. 

PCHTF Executive Director was among those interviewed and provided valuable insight into just how much Polk County residents could be affected by this lack of federal funding.  

"Trump earlier this month suggested the shutdown could last “months or even years” if he doesn’t get funding for the wall.

If that happens, it will be a crisis for the renters who receive federal assistance, Burmeister said.   

“You are talking about removing the largest resource we have for affordable housing in central Iowa.”

Read the full article from the Des Moines Register here