Low-income housing advocates met with an aide to Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, Tuesday to ask for the politician's help in Washington.

Members of the Salt Lake Alliance of HUD Tenants met with constituent liaison Bruce Ratzlaff at Bennett's Salt Lake office. They want Bennett to write a letter to his colleagues in Washington asking for support of a technical amendment that would allow HUD tenants to organize.Michael Kane, executive director of the National Alliance for HUD Tenants, came to Utah from Boston for the meeting. He said the arrest of tenant organizers in California and other events have prompted the need for the amendment.

Kane said the federal housing law is faulty, protecting the tenants of some U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) projects and not others.

Lou Skokos, who lives in a senior facility in Salt Lake City, said tenants desperately need the protection.

"Without the right to organize and have people to fight for us, we're sunk," Skokos told Ratzlaff. "We need your help."

Bennett is respected by his colleagues in the Senate, Kane said, and his advocacy of tenant issues would go a long way.