WASHINGTON -- Upcoming Housing and Urban Development Department regulations are expected to put a crimp in Congress's plans to allow state and local governments to avoid kicking in their own money to the new HOME housing affordability program in 1992.

Legislation passed earlier this month and signed into law by President Bush yesterday that gives the program $1.5 billion in federal funding in 1992 also includes a provision waiving for one year a requirement that state and local governments contribute funds to be eligible for the federal dollars.

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