Governor Mills signs bills to address Maine’s housing shortage

In the renovated Augusta Hodgkins School apartments, Governor Janet Mills signed two bills to address Maine’s housing shortage on Wednesday. Bills LD 2003 “An Act to Implement Committee Recommendations to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Examining Zoning and Land Use Constraints” and LD 201 “An Act to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Promote Weathering in the Buildings Sector by Expanding the Sunset Date of the Rehabilitation Tax Credit Historic property “will increase the availability of affordable housing in Maine. The bills were signed alongside older Maine residents residing in the renovated apartments, and legislative and community leaders including House Speaker Ryan Ficto (D-Bedford) and Senator Matt Poliot (R-Kenbec).

“The goal of ensuring that Maine residents have a safe place to rest their heads at night, a place where they can care for their families, prepare for work and live in dignity and comfort is at the core of my administration,” he said. Governor Mills. “I am proud to sign these laws into law and to continue the progress we have made in addressing the housing shortage in Maine. I hope these laws will allow us to say to thousands of miners, ‘Welcome home.'”

In partnership with the state legislature, Governor Mills enacted legislation last session to create a local zoning and land use commission to explore how we can develop more affordable single-family and multi-family housing. That committee submitted its report and recommendations last December.

Based on these recommendations, the LD 2003 “Act to Implement the Commission’s Recommendations to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Constraints,” sponsored by Board Chairman Fecteau, allows Maine property owners to build annex housing units in residential areas and up to Two units in an area designated for single family housing. For larger communities with designated “growth areas”, up to four units can be built, and all local building rules must still be observed.

States across the country are experiencing housing shortages, and Maine is no exception. Today we are taking action in a whole new way to grow our housing supply to meet demand. We are seeing rising costs of homes and rents affecting families from Orostock County. I believe that with this legislation, Maine will be at the forefront of resolving this crisis Speaker Ryan VictorSponsor of the 2003 LD Bill.

“Maine is showing that we can be leaders in how we address housing affordability. When more Maine residents are able to build apartments in law and increase the supply of housing in their communities and backyards without significant public investment, it will help families and individual families save More options for young families looking to buy a first home and seniors who want to downsize to a home they can manage and afford. This legislation makes sense for an independent-minded state like ours,” said Anne-Marie Mastracchio, Mayor of Sanford.

In her first year in office, she tasked Governor Mills with developing the state’s first strategic economic development plan in decades, which emphasized the need for affordable housing to support a strong workforce. Based on these findings, Governor Mills has taken significant actions to expand affordable housing in Maine, including signing the Maine Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act, the largest single government investment in housing in Maine history.

“In Maine’s Strategic Economic Development Plan, the need for workforce housing is clear. 65,000 Miners will leave the workforce this decade. We will need at least that many people to relocate to fill those jobs. Where will they live? There is a clear link between housing and workforce needs. We have I am proud to see who is leading this issue LD 2003 paves the way for us to address this issue and today is the beginning of the way we are getting it right Dana Connors, President of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. “Ask any employer in Maine what is holding back their ability to hire and that’s what they have in mind: housing. I think this is an area where Maine has potential for advancement, but regulation has historically stood in the way of making that progress possible. This law would cut some bureaucracy and allow for more to be built. of homes. Housing supply isn’t just a social issue in Maine, it’s an economic issue.”

In addition to signing LD 2003, Governor Mills also signed into law LD 201 “An Act to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Promote Weathering in the Buildings Sector by Extending the Sunset Date Tax Credit for Historic Property Rehabilitation,” sponsored by Senator Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin) and sponsored by Senator Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin) Shared by Senator Poliot.

LD 201 extends the sunset date of the Maine Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MHRTC) from 2025 to 2030. MHRTC has helped fund the rehabilitation of Hodgkins School into 47 apartments for Maine individuals 55 years of age or older.

“As a realtor, one of the most heart-wrenching things over the past couple of years has been potential homeowners at the mercy of the housing market and marginalization. Unprecedented demand and a lack of supply have driven home prices to the point where they have left behind a certain segment of the most vulnerable population” that it. Matt Poliot, R. Kennebec. “If you’re in the bubble where you’re a first-time homebuyer or can only buy a house for a certain dollar amount, you can’t find not just what you want but even what you simply need to survive. For some, it’s a matter of survival — housing and shelter in particular. General at the core of our basic needs, and not much different from food and water.”

In Augusta, like many other communities, the number of rental units available is at an all-time low and prices are at an all-time high. Augusta Housing Agency reports that of the nearly 700 names pulled from Section 8 waiting lists over the past year, only 4 percent were able to find a place to live. Although Augusta will add 100 new units this year, MaineHousing estimates that the city will need 847 units to meet current needs.

“With hands-on deck training and 100 units planned for development across the city, we can only meet 11% of the total 874 units still in demand here in Augusta,” he said. Amanda Olson, director of the Augusta Housing Authority. “To put this problem into perspective, every Hodgkins resident has a story and everyone who has, at some point, faced challenges shared by so many across our state, the kind people looking and waiting, needed a safe and affordable place to call home. Housing is critical to our seniors but equally important to seniors of all ages, to our economy, and to the support of our workforce.It is clear that relying solely on large, publicly funded housing projects simply cannot get the job done alone.We were encouraged by the LD 2003 adoption It is a bill that will have a profound and comprehensive impact on expanding housing opportunities across the state.”

Also joined by Governor Mills at the signing ceremony were residents of Hodgkins School Apartments.

“I have been married for 52 years and had a house in Wyndham. I was very lucky, my husband and I did a lot, we had a house and a boat and everything was really good. I lost my husband four years ago and what happened to me and what happens to a lot of widows is your income goes down ​I still make a lot of money for low-income housing, but I don’t make enough in high-income rents. I moved into an apartment in South Portland but had to pay $1,400 a month and had to pull money out of savings Every month just to pay my rent and my expenses.They call it a black hole,when you are retired and have such a limited income.It’s tough or rough.My son found this place and helped me apply.I am so grateful for this apartment.I consider middle income so it’s hard,I guess it’s It’s very common that this is a problem for people who have lost their spouses.” He said Rosemary, who lives in the Hodgkins School Apartments.

“I have a disability and because of the income I needed something that I could afford. I was on the waiting list and was really excited when I knew I was going to live here. This is really a nice place. When I came to see the apartment, I loved the interior of the school and the way it was decorated. It’s really a comfortable home place to live in.” The reasons are beautiful. I saw him and fell in love with him. He said Jenny, who lives in the Hodgkins School Apartments.

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