WASHINGTON - The Senate passed legislation yesterday that virtually assures the HOME housing affordability program in 1994 will gain 25% more in federal funds than the $1 billion it received this year.

The Senate's bill would give the HOME program $1.275 billion in fiscal 1994, and a House bill passed June 29 would fund the program at a level of $1.25 billion. Housing lobbyists said the final bill that emerges from a House-Senate conference in the next few weeks should allot the program no less than $1.25 billion.

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