Affordable housing advocates rallied in Augusta Tuesday, urging lawmakers to keep their hands out of the H.O.M.E. fund while trying to balance the budget.
Money from the fund is used to help homeless and low-income Mainers get out of homeless shelters and into permanent housing.
It’s estimated that 62% of Maine households were unable to afford a house in 2001 while 46% of renters could not afford rent that same year.
Both republicans and democrats have recommended that the housing fund be cut in order to balance the budget.
The final budget will be decided on by legislators sometime in mid June.