Local non-profit struggling during government shutdown

Posted at 9:14 AM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 10:14:02-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Here in Tennessee many people are seeing the effects of the government shutdown. One local organization dedicated to fair housing is struggling to serve people because of the lack of funding from the federal government.

The Tennessee Fair Housing Council says the government shutdown is limiting the number of people they can help who are facing housing discrimination. They say most of the people they help have been discriminated based on the needs for their disabilities. The organization relies on Department of Housing and Urban Development and their fair housing division is closed due to the government shutdown.

This means there’s no funding available now. The organization normally serves people from all over middle Tennessee, but right now with limited funds, they can only take cases in Davidson County.

"It's awful to tell someone, you know there's a problem, but you don't have the resources, to accept their case and there's nobody else that can take it,” said Kathy Trawick, Exec. Dir. Tennessee Fair Housing Council.

Trawick says they’ll continue to serve people while they can during the shutdown.