Update: A Federal government shutdown was averted after a temporary funding bill was passed by Congress and signed by the President on September 30. The bill funds government until November 17.

As of Friday, September 29, a government shutdown appears to be a likely possibility. Should Congress fail to pass a continuing resolution to fund governmental operations, all non-essential government operations will shut down beginning at midnight Saturday, September 30, 2023.

Housing Catalyst has been monitoring this situation and preparing for this possibility. In the event of a shutdown, please keep in mind:

Housing Catalyst is not a Federal agency and our staff are not Federal employees.

We are not required to cease continued operations in the event of a Federal government shutdown of non-essential activities.

Housing Catalyst has encountered Federal shutdowns three times in the last 20 years with no operational disruption.

  • 16-day Federal government shutdown – October 1 through October 17, 2013
  • 2-day Federal government shutdown – January 19 through January 21, 2018
  • 34-day Federal government shutdown – December 21 through January 25, 2019

A Federal government shutdown, for any reason, is disruptive, and causes harm to the people and businesses Congress is elected to serve.

Members of Congress receive increased pressure from their constituents to achieve swift resolution on any matter that would shut down the Federal government or cease payments on Federal obligations.

Housing Catalyst is prepared.

We’ve been working closely with our partners at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to plan for a possible shutdown. HUD has shared contingency plans for Housing Choice Voucher funding should the shutdown continue beyond currently appropriated funds.

We will continue to monitor what is happening at the Federal level and  provide updates as needed. As of now, we do not anticipate any interruptions to our operations and will continue to deliver services to the community.