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Lava puts a hold on new Puna housing vouchers

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Lava threatening homes in lower Puna has the led the county to halt new leases for government housing assistance in the area.

Those seeking a government voucher for a new rental in Puna won't be able to get one, even if the home is miles away from the lava flow. West Hawaii Today (http://ow.ly/DAA42 ) reported county housing administrators are concerned the Housing Choice voucher tenants could become isolated if lava crosses Highway 130 and an alternate route through Chain of Craters Road isn't completed.

Recipients pay a portion of the rent and the rest is paid by the government.Existing Puna renters in the program won't have to leave unless there are evacuation orders. Tenants whose leases expire in will be allowed to continue on a month-to-month basis.

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