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FYI: Housing advocates stepped up the debate over allocation of federal redevelopment funds today when a group of about 10 people protested the lack of mixed-income housing being built in lower Manhattan during the monthly board meeting of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Members of the Liberty Bond Housing Coalition, an alliance of nonprofits pushing to use federal money for affordable housing, silently protested the meeting with signs saying, “Support mixed income housing downtown.” Of the $1.6 billion divided between the mayor and the governor to develop housing below Houston Street, $340 million has already been cleared to finance luxury apartments. The group complained that there are not yet any plans for affordable housing development. [6/12/03]

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