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Low-income Families Bracing for Eviction

Low-income Families Bracing for Eviction

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Federal budget cuts could force the Salt Lake City Housing Authority to cut off some of the 2-thousand households that receive Section 8 rental subsidies.

As many as 131 families could lose their apartments if they can't pay the full rent. Officials say the authority is losing 1(M) million dollars of its 15-million budget.

The authority will buy a little time -- but not much -- using 60-thousand in budget reserves. It will lobby the city and state for financial help. And ask landlords to voluntarily charge less rent.

But failing all that, the board will decide Jan. 13th how many families it cuts from the program.

The board would pull subsidies on a "first in, first out" basis -- meaning those people on help the longest will be cut off.

Families receiving Section 8 aid make less than 10-thousand dollars a year.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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