Shutdown Continues

Homeless Programs
Unaffected for Now

Federal Government Shuts DownThe partial government shutdown has remained in effect for a week, with no certain end date in sight. On October 2, congressional leaders met with President Obama at the White House to negotiate an end to the shutdown, but no compromises were made on either side.

The shutdown is a result of Congress’ failure to reach an agreement on fiscal year (FY) 2014 spending levels by the start of the fiscal year on October 1.

The shutdown has not yet had a critical impact on homeless assistance programs, since they are currently spending FY 2012 and FY 2013 funds and are considered essential (and therefore remain in operation during a shutdown) programs.

As we reported on Tuesday, it appears that there is enough bipartisan support pass a “clean” continuing resolution (CR) that would extend post-sequestration FY 2013 levels without additional amendments related to the Affordable Care Act. However, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has thus far resisted bringing a clean CR to the floor for a vote, despite 25 House Republicans having announced their support for a clean CR.

It is becoming increasingly likely that a budget deal to end the shutdown will be tied to addressing the debt ceiling. Yesterday, Speaker Boehner explained that he will not introduce a clean CR until October 17, 2013, the deadline for raising the nation’s debt ceiling to avoid a federal default.

Click here for an update from the National Alliance to End Homelessness on what to do if you “Can’t Access Your Funding During the Shutdown?