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Survey reveals need for state, federal support of local housing

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About 75 percent of local housing directors say that federal and state governments are not providing enough support for local housing programs, according to a report by the National League of Cities, a resource and advocacy organization for its 1,600 member cities and state municipal leagues. In the "State of America's Cities Survey," which collected 432 responses from municipal officials, 68 percent of respondents identified lower-income working families as the group with the most critical housing needs. This group was followed by elderly and aging residents, disabled or dependent adults, single-parent families, and middle-income working families -- in that order. About 34 percent of respondents rated federal support of local housing policies as "fair," while 21 percent rated federal support as "poor," 33 percent rated it as "good" and 7 percent rated the support as excellent. Meanwhile, 36 percent rated state support for local housing policies as "fair," 29 percent rated it as "...