The shutdown is imposing unfunded costs on nonprofits. Some of which will include:
- Domestic Violence Shelters: Two of their major funding sources come from grants received through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Crime Act Fund administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which is not working due to the shutdown
- Food Aid: If the shutdown lasts into February, families and children who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), could go hungry. The Department of Agriculture, which administers the SNAP program, is still issuing checks for now, but available funds could be exhausted within the next several weeks.
- Food inspections. If the shutdown persists, the frequency of food safety inspections could be reduced, potentially exposing the eating public to serious risk.
- Housing Assistance. Payment of rental housing assistance and other programs serving the elderly and others continue to operate for now, but Department of Housing and Urban development informed landlords that its ability to continue payment depends on how much budget authority the agency has, raising the potential that housing assistance could run out. If the shutdown persists, HUD could be unable to renew contracts with local entities that provide housing.
As of today, we know of the following impact on Floridians:
- Employment: In Florida, roughly 13,061 Federal employees are missing paychecks, a count that does not include contract workers and state employees whose salaries are paid with Federal funds.
- SBA Loans: Loans provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) are not being processed, cutting off small businesses enterprises from a vital source of capital.
- Home loans: Several federal agencies that help with home loans are closed. The Federal Housing Authority has said that it will not make new multi-family commitments during the shutdown, the Department of Agriculture has similarly communicated that new rural housing direct loans will not be issued, and the Federal Housing Authority gave notice that it will not make insurance endorsements under the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program.
- EPA: EPA will have little to no capacity to process environmental approvals for real estate projects. In a prolonged shutdown, the inability of EPA to process applications could become a profound drag on the economy, preventing new developments from coming into being.
- Relief Funds: Fisheries are still waiting for relief funds from Hurricane Florence and Michael
- Native American Tribes: Many Native American tribes have seen funds for healthcare and other vital services dry up. The Federal Government is legally obligated to support services like medical clinics, food pantries, and educational programs, but the shutdown has stopped many of these payments. This has forced some services to be reduced or eliminated altogether.
Congress and the White House remain at an impasse on ending the shutdown. Call your Congressional member and tell them how the shutdown is impacting your organization and let us know if your nonprofit has been affected by the partial federal government shutdown.