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Quigley Statement on HUD’s Failure to Renew Housing Contracts for the Most Vulnerable

Jan 7, 2019
Press Release

CHICAGOToday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD), released the following statement in response to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s failure to renew approximately 1,100 Project Based Rental Assistance contracts on January 1, affecting as many as 60,000 vouchers:

“I am deeply dismayed and alarmed by the news that more than a thousand Project Based Rental Assistance contracts were carelessly allowed to expire by HUD on January 1st. It is simply unconscionable that thousands of extremely low-income Americans, including some of the most vulnerable in Chicago, now face possible eviction because of the incompetence of the Trump Administration. This must be fixed immediately, before any American is forced to face a cold night on the street.

“The inability of the executive branch to perform even the most basic functions of government, including keeping the government open, is harmful to every single person in this country. This instance is just one example in an extensive list that proves how important it is to have agency leadership that is actually familiar with the function of the agency he or she oversees. Secretary Carson must address his agency’s failure to extend these contracts that provide safe, affordable housing for many struggling to get by. Simply ‘forgetting’ to do your job is not an excuse.”