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N.D. receives rental assistance vouchers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding 20 rental assistance vouchers in North Dakota worth $86,088.

The vouchers will reunite children who are currently in foster care with their parents.

"As a father of two sons, I can't imagine the pain parents must feel when their family is separated because of the lack of affordable housing," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in a press release. "I am pleased to announce these vouchers will allow thousands of children to live with their families."

The vouchers like regular Housing Choice Vouchers will allow a family to rent from a landlord and will generally pay 30 percent of families' monthly adjusted gross income towards rent and utilities.

HUD works with local public welfare agencies to determine families who lost their children to foster care because of a lack of adequate housing.

The awards are part of 2,500 awards across the United States.