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Low-income housing money on the chopping block

Money for low-income housing nationwide is at stake in Washington right now, as Congress debates a bill that provides funding for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). President Bush has threatened to veto a bill that even in its current incarnation provides less money than what's needed.

Forty-four families in Maine stand to lose their Section 8 vouchers, according to a study released by the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (and Maine, sadly, is better off than most states -- in fact, only Delaware, New Hampshire, and Utah have smaller numbers of affected families; more than 4,000 vouchers in California are at risk).

The Portland Tenants Union will hold an informational press conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Franklin Towers, 211 Cumberland Ave. Several Maine housing officials are invited to the event, which organizers hope will draw the attention of Senators Snowe and Collins, whose votes could help override a presidential veto.

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