Congressional staffers, housing experts host forum

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The impact of proposed federal budget cuts on affordable housing will be the focus of a town hall meeting on Utah’s Capitol Hill. The Utah Housing Coalition will host the Thursday panel discussion about proposals that would alter senior and low-income housing programs because of efforts by Congress and President Obama to reduce the federal debt. Coalition policy analyst Francisca Blanc says in a statement the discussion is designed to inform Utah’s federal and elected officials about the challenges presented by a reduced 2012 federal budget. Scheduled speakers include Rural Housing Development Authority Executive Director Brad Bishop and Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corp. Executive Director Kim Datwyler. Staffers from the offices of four members of Utah’s congressional delegation are also scheduled to participate.

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