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Houston Nonprofits Air Concerns Over Government Shutdown

At Habitat for Humanity, workers are calling homeowners to find out whether federal employees are able to pay their mortgages.

Habitat for Humanity home in Harrel Park being repaired after being flooded by Harvey.

Leaders of local nonprofits have voiced concerns over how the government shutdown could impact their organizations, especially if it continues for months.

At Houston Habitat for Humanity, workers are calling homeowners to find out whether federal employees are able to pay their mortgages.

“We hold the mortgages for our Habitat homeowners and if they are government employees then definitely they’re going to be affected,” said Denise Bates, communications consultant for the Houston chapter of Habitat for Humanity. 

The organization will try to aid federal employees that haven’t been able to make a payment, according to Bates. They hold some 880 mortgages in the area.

“We don’t want them to worry about how they are going to make payments and not have late fees or lose their homes or anything,” Bates said.

The organization may also have to stall some Harvey-related home repairs because of a delayed release of Community Development Block Grant Disaster funds. 

A survey of Texas nonprofits by Your Part Time Controller also found that leaders from the organizations Rebuilding Together Houston and Women’s Health & Planning Association of Texas –among others– expressed concerns over the shutdown as well.

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