Washington - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros surprised lawmakers yesterday by telling them HUD is planning to increase its fiscal 1995 funding request for the HOME program by $100 million, to $1.1 billion.

HUD's original 1995 funding proposal of $1.0 billion for HOME was $275 million below the 1994 allotment, and it has been roundly criticized by top lawmakers in both parties and both houses. Critics said they particularly objected to the planned funding cut for HOME because Cisneros was also proposing several billion dollars for new housing initiatives.

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