Government shutdown could impact local LMHA residents

Government shutdown could impact local LMHA residents

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The now longest government shutdown in history has local low-income residents worrying about the risk of not being able to pay rent come February when Hud funds run out.

“This has snowballed further than anybody had ever expected,” said LMHA resident Beatrice Draper.

If the shutdown continues into February, Hud won't have enough money to renew contracts, meaning many renters across the country and within The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority wouldn't be able make rent.

Andrew Goldi said if that happens, he has nowhere else to go.

“It'd be a crisis for everybody,” said Goldi. “Not just for me. But in general, it would be messed up because everybody's gotta live.”

Annie Moore said she’d be more than fine with paying the flat rent rate for the time being because it beats the alternative she fears could happen; being evicted.

“I can handle the flat rent for now,” said Moore. “For now, I'm comfortable paying what I'm paying now. But if it comes to that, I'll just have to do what I have to do to keep a roof over my head.”

Beatrice Draper said her daughter would take her in if it went this far, but she’d be shocked if LMHA didn’t come up with a solution.

“LMHA is pretty good about working with us,” said Draper. “And if this is something that's out of our control, they would have to make arrangements. LMHA is too big to put everyone out. Especially elderly, handicap. And if not elderly or handicap, there's kids.”

WTOL stopped into LMHA to find out if this is even a possibility there. While we never heard back from President Demetria Simpson, her assistant said it’s something LMHA is aware of and is currently taking preemptive steps to figure out a plan if it does happen.

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