CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Agencies and individuals needing to conduct business with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development field office in Charleston should visit or call the office early this week, as all HUD offices in the country will be closed Friday.
The move is part of a series of furlough days instituted because of federal spending cuts.
Peter Minter, HUD field director for the Charleston office, said that while the office doesn't typically have much walk-in business, the furlough day will cause workflow backups for the organizations and agencies that depend on the HUD office.
"No staff will be able to assist," Minton said. "We're not to view emails or respond to telephone calls."
Friday's closure is the second in a series of seven furlough days scheduled by HUD over the next few months. After this week, the next furlough day will be July 5.
Minter said that having the furlough days spread out over several months is a better solution than closing the office for an entire week, which would disrupt workflow much more than the chosen plan.
The only way the office would stay open is if a major natural disaster were to take place. In that scenario, the local office could request an exemption to stay open.