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Maine Leaders Mull Funding for Lewiston Fires
05/09/2013 02:38 PM ET  

The Legislative Council, which includes House and Senate leaders from both parties, will consider funding a request from members of the Lewiston delegation.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine legislative leaders are holding an emergency meeting to consider a request to provide funds to victims of the three major fires in Lewiston.

Maine's second-largest city has had three major fires over the past several days, leaving 200 people homeless.

The Legislative Council, which includes House and Senate leaders from both parties, will consider funding a request from members of the Lewiston delegation for about $30,000 for housing vouchers to help individuals and families who've been left homeless by the fires.

The vouchers would be a one-time grant for a security deposit and possibly first month's rent for families with no other recourse. The funds would be administered through the City of Lewiston.

The emergency meeting was called by Democratic leaders. Republicans say they support the voucher proposal.



 

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