RRHA funding could dwindle during shutdown


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Residents living in public housing are concerned about their homes with the ongoing government shutdown in its fourth week. 

Funding for public housing in many cities, including those in Central Virginia, could be at risk. 

RRHA says it receives tens of millions of dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD is one of the agencies affected by the shutdown. 

8News spoke with a resident, who wished to protect her identity, living in Whitcomb Court on Wednesday. 

“I’m tired of calling maintenance and nothing getting done,” she told 8News. “My banister fell off the wall, my daughter’s room has been off the hinges for months and I’ve complained about it. They even came and seen it, nothing was done.”

Funding for on-site repairs and housing vouchers dries up with the ongoing government shutdown. 

RRHA released a statement stating it’s currently funded up until March 1 and it will be forced to tap into cash reserves to support families if the government shutdown continues.

“I’m just tired of it and I’m tired of the fact that when you complain to maintenance or when you go to the rental office or when you make a complaint,” she said. “Nothing gets done, you just start to feel like you’re being picked on.”

The resident says politics shouldn’t impact these local families. 

“Just because we happen to live below the poverty level don’t mean that we don’t deserve adequate housing, don’t mean that when we have a complaint to ignore us. I mean, at the end of the day, everybody is a person they want to be treated like humans too.”

8News reached out to RRHA about repairs needed and what plans are in place to stretch funds should the shutdown continue.  

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