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SEN. SPECTER TO BE IN HARRISBURG MONDAY TO ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAM TO EXPAND HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, ADDRESS ASSOCIATION OF BOROUGHS

SEN. SPECTER TO BE IN HARRISBURG MONDAY TO ANNOUNCE NEW PROGRAM TO EXPAND HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, ADDRESS ASSOCIATION OF BOROUGHS
 U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) will be in Harrisburg on Monday, March 23, to announce a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program to expand the supply of decent and affordable housing for low-income families and to address the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs.
 At 9 a.m., Specter will speak to the association at the Harrisburg Marriott, 4650 Lindle Road.
 At 9:45 a.m., he will hold a press conference on the housing program at the Harrisburg City Hall, 2nd and Market streets. He will be joined by HUD Regional Administrator Michael A. Smerconish and Terry Martini, director of Housing and Community Development for Harrisburg.
 Specter said the program is HUD's HOME Investment Partnership Program, which provides funding and guidelines to cities and other urban areas and empowers them to design and tailor affordable housing strategies to address local needs and housing conditions.
 Under this program, Harrisburg will receive $658,000 for Fiscal Year 1992.
 The key to the program, said Specter, is that local governments will now have the power to decide how best to use the funds to provide housing for low-income families.
 "It gives very major flexibility to the city in terms of addressing specific housing needs," he said.
 The HOME program was authorized under the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.
 Specter said it is not a categorical housing program, such as new public housing construction, that requires a specific housing activity. Instead, the program allows the local government flexibility in deciding what kind of housing assistance is best for the needs of its clients.
 CONTACT: Steve Dunkel or Sean Kirkendall of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's office, 717-782-3951.
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