WASHINGTON -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development has backed away from plans to draft regulations that would force state and local governments to kick in their own funds to the HOME housing affordability program in 1992, a HUD spokesman confirmed last week.

The HOME program was designed in 1990 as one that would be funded jointly by federal, state, and local governments. But over HUD's objections, Congress passed legislation last month that allows states and localities to receive federal funds under the program during 1992 without matching those dollars with their own money.

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