Released: Mar 23, 2023
AUGUSTA -- MaineHousing is pleased to announce it has awarded more than $16.3 million in state grant funding for 17 different housing and shelter projects across the state. In total, these initiatives will support housing and shelter for more than 500 people in Maine who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
“These are substantial grants that will go towards creating essential new resources and shelter infrastructure in parts of the state currently lacking them,” said MaineHousing Director Daniel Brennan. “Much of this funding is also going to communities that have long helped serve Mainers who are experiencing homelessness and will help those important partners expand their capacity as well.”
These grants also support local initiatives under consideration for a new shelter space in Maine’s second largest city, Lewiston, as well as adding new shelter capacity in Portland.
Several will aid a growing immigrant and asylum-seeking population, while others will improve access to housing, shelter, and housing services in communities across the state. All the funded projects are expected to be operational by autumn of 2023.
The funding for these projects comes from Governor Janet Mills' Winter Emergency Energy Relief Plan, which passed with the broad bipartisan support of the Maine Legislature in January. In addition to the funding announced today, the Governor's plan also included funding for short-term overnight warming shelters, for which $1 million to fund 13 shelters was award in February.
"Through my Winter Emergency Energy Relief Plan, we are delivering crucial funding to help protect our most vulnerable, both in the short-term during the cold winter months and, now, over the longer-term to provide support and stability for people and families. I am grateful for the communities and organizations who responded to this important call and applaud MaineHousing for working so quickly to award funding," said Governor Mills. "Addressing Maine's shortage of available, accessible housing and reducing burdens on communities to ensure safe, stable housing are priorities of my Administration, and we will continue to work with MaineHousing, the Legislature, municipalities and others to further address this serious need."
More than 35 organizations applied for the funding and after careful consideration 17 entities were included in the final funding announcement.
“There were many good ideas put on the table and while we were not able to fund all of them we are continuing to hold ongoing discussions with those who were unsuccessful in this round of funding,” Brennan said. “We hope these conversations will continue to be productive.”
The proposals that were awarded funding include: