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HOPE STILL EXISTS FOR HOUSING SUPPORT

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All may not be lost in the effort to maintain the preservation program that gives private landlords incentives to rent their housing units below market rates for poor people.

Sen. Bob Bennett, who serves on the VA-HUD-Independent Agencies Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., who serves as its chairman, both support housing preservation and are discussing ways to preserve the funding.But the suggestion that the government instead adopt a voucher system are not being met with much enthusiasm. In tight rental markets like the Wasatch Front, people are on waiting lists and vouchers from other programs are being returned because people can't find places that will take them.

And critics say vouchers are more expensive than the incentives to landlords.