With a government shutdown four days away, Congress is moving into crisis mode as both sides seek to strike a deal. There is no clear path ahead as lawmakers return with tensions high and options limited, but the House is expected to vote this week on a package of bills to fund parts of the government. It is still unclear if House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will have the support needed to move ahead. Meanwhile, the Senate is also preparing a bipartisan plan for a stopgap measure to buy some time and keep offices funded past the Saturday deadline. Most notably for our members, HUD closings will still proceed, but only for projects with firm commitments/firm approval letters issued prior to the shutdown. Check out contingency plans for HUD and the USDA Rural Development. Owners should also be prepared for a potential delay in the release of 2024 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors (OCAFs).