Maine leaders OK funding for Lewiston fires

2:48 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine legislative leaders have approved a request for $30,000 from the Legislature's account to help victims of the fires in Lewiston.

Maine's second-largest city has had three major fires over the past several days, leaving 200 people homeless. Many of them have been staying at the Colisee arena in Lewiston.

Legislative Council, which includes House and Senate leaders from both parties, voted unanimously Thursday to approve the funding request from members of the Lewiston delegation. They money's expected to be used for housing vouchers that would be a one-time grant for a security deposit and possibly first month's rent for homeless families. The funds will be administered through the City of Lewiston.

Gov. Paul LePage says he'll match council's contribution through his contingency account.

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