HUD

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is launching a voucher program for up to 25 greater Portland youth who are aging out of the foster care system.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Susan Collins told Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro that his proposal to provide a new $178 million program to house homeless veterans who received dishonorable discharges needs work.

Collins said she is sympathetic to assisting veterans discharged under the "don't ask don't tell" policy, but she won't support the plan as proposed.

"If we are talking about homeless veterans who received dishonorable discharges because of crimes they committed, I don't understand why we would prioritize help to them," she said.