Housing Voucher Requests Stopped In Midst Of Government Shutdown

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Parts of the Federal Government will be closed due to an impasse between President Trump and Congress. According to The Washington Post, Congress is lingering in a “stalemate with President Trump over border wall funding.” The President is reportedly seeking approval of $5 billion for the funding.

The Government shutdown began on Saturday at midnight. It has yet to be determined how long the shut down will last.

During the shutdown, not only will approximately 400,000 federal employees go without pay, but some governmental administrative and social services will be halted or abbreviated.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will reportedly stop processing requests for housing vouchers until the shutdown ends.

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HUD Sues Facebook For Discriminatory Housing Ads

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a legal complaint against Facebook stating that the social media network allows landlords and home brokers to place ads on their site based on “gender, disability, religion, and physical location.” [SOURCE: Newsy]

HUD states that this is violation of The Fair Housing Act, which “prohibits discrimination in housing transactions including print and online advertisement on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status.”

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The Federal Definition Of Affordable Housing

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The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development defines affordable housing as follows: “In general, housing for which the occupant(s) is/are paying no more than 30 percent of his or her income for gross housing costs, including utilities.”

The speaker at the affordable housing seminar I went to yesterday said that most New Yorkers pay over 60% of their income for rent.

If you spend more than 30% of your income on rent, you are said to be “overburdened.”

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