“The goal of ensuring that the people of Maine have a safe place to rest their heads at night, a place where they can take care of their families and be prepared to work and live in dignity and comfort is at the heart of my administration.” Governor Mills. “I am proud to sign these bills into law and continue the progress we’ve made in addressing the housing shortage in Maine. I hope these laws allow us to say to thousands of Miners, ‘Welcome home.'”
In partnership with the state legislature, Governor Mills enacted legislation in the 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. And 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 Opportunity in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions,” sponsored by Council President Fecteau, allows Maine realtors to build attached housing units in residential areas and up to Two units on a large area designated for single-family housing. For larger communities with designated “growth zones,” up to four units can be built, and all local building codes must still be observed.
States across the country suffer from housing shortages, and Maine is no exception. Today we are taking action in a completely new way to grow our housing supply to meet demand. We are seeing rising home costs and rents affecting families from Arostock County. I believe that with this legislation, Maine will be at the forefront of resolving this crisis Speaker Ryan VictoSponsor of the 2003 LD Bill.
“Maine is showing that we can be leaders in how we address housing affordability. When more Maine residents can build apartments in law and increase the housing supply in their communities and backyards without significant public investment, it will help individual families and 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 Ann Marie Mastraccio, Mayor of Sanford.
In her first year in office, she commissioned Governor Mills to create the state’s first strategic economic development plan in decades, which emphasized the need for affordable and available 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’s history.
“In Maine’s Economic Development Strategic Plan, the need for workforce housing is clear. 65,000 Mainers will leave the workforce this decade. We will need at least that many people to move in to fill those jobs. Where will they live? There is a clear correlation between housing and workforce needs.” We have.I am proud to see Maine leading this cause.The 2003 LD paves the way for us to address this issue and today is the beginning of the way we get it right Dana Connors, President, Maine Chamber of Commerce. “Ask any Maine employer what is holding back their ability to hire and this is what they have in mind: housing. I think this is an area where Maine has the potential for advancement, but regulation has historically stood in the way of making that progress possible. This bill will cut out some of the bureaucracy and allow more to be built. of homes. The 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 LD 201 “An Act to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Promote Weatherization in the Building Sector by Extending the Sundown Date of Historic Property Rehabilitation Tax Credits,” sponsored by Senator Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin) and co-sponsored From Senator Polliott.
LD 201 extends the sunset date for the Maine Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (MHRTC) from 2025 to 2030. MHRTC helped fund the rehabilitation of the Hodgkins School to 47 apartments for Maine individuals age 55 or older.
“As a realtor, one of the most heartbreaking things over the past couple of years has been potential homeowners at the mercy of the housing market and marginalization. Unprecedented demand and lack of supply have driven housing prices up to the point of leaving behind a certain segment of the most vulnerable population.” that it. Matt Pouliot, R Kennebeck. “If you’re in the bubble where you’re a first-time homebuyer or you can only afford housing up to a certain amount of dollars, you can’t find not only what you want but even what you need to survive. And for some, it’s a matter of survival — housing Shelter in general is at the heart of our basic needs, 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 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 the city will need 847 units to meet current needs.
“With our hands-on deck and 100 units planned for development across the city, we are only able to meet 11% of the total 874 units still needed 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 every individual has, at some point, been confronted with challenges common to many throughout our state, good people looking and waiting, and needing a safe, affordable place to call home. Housing is a thing. Critical for our seniors but equally important for seniors of all ages, for our economy, and for supporting our workforce.It is clear that relying solely on large publicly funded housing projects cannot get the job done on its own.We were encouraged by the passage of LD 2003, a project An act that will have a profound and sweeping effect on expanding housing opportunity across the state.”
Governor Mills was also joined at the signing ceremony by residents of Hodgkins School Apartments.
“I was married 52 years and had a house in Windham. 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 happens to me and what happens to a lot of widows is your income goes down.” Half. I still made a lot of money for low-income housing, but I didn’t make enough on high-income rent. I moved to 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 the rent and my expenses. They call it a black hole, when you’re retired and have such limited income. It’s rough. My son found this place and helped me apply. I’m so thankful for this apartment. I’m considered middle income, so it’s hard, I guess It is very common that this is a problem for people who have lost their spouses.” He said Rosemary, who lives at Hodgkins School Apartments.
“I have a disability and because of the income I needed something I could afford. I was on a waiting list and was really excited when I knew I was going to live here. This is a really nice place. When I came to see the apartment, I loved the inside of the school and the way it was decorated. It really is a homey, comfortable place to live in.” The reasons are beautiful. I saw him and fell in love with him. He said Jenny, who lives at Hodgkins School Apartments.