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- 07/24/2023 – MAHC – MAHC 501c4; Policy Updates & Other News
- 07/14/2023 – MAHC – Member input on incorporating as a 501c4, bylaws, policy priorities & more
- 07/14/2023 – MAHC – Member input on incorporating as a 501c4, bylaws, policy priorities & more
- 07/05/2023 – MAHC 7/5: MAHC: Want $140M Through 2028? Email for Continuous Housing Funding
- 06/28/2023 – MAHC 6/28: $70M for Affordable Housing Has Made It Through Budget Negotiations
- 06/16/2023 – MAHC ACTION ALERT: Email Appropriations to Ensure Passage of $80M for Affordable Housing
- 06/01/2023 – MAHC: June 6 Member Event & Survey; Legislative Update
- 05/22/2023 – MAHC: Member Survey with Legislative Update
- 05/16/2023 – MAHC: New Research & Last Time to Testify – $80 million, 5/18, 2 pm
- 05/10/2023 – MAHC NEWS FLASH: Governor’s Supplemental Budget has $80M for Housing Development
- 05/05/2023 – MAHC 5/5: Housing Committee Forwards MAHC Priorities
- 04/28/2023 – MAHC: Unprecedented Funding Potential; Grand Opening; Where is Affordable Housing; Legislative Updates
- 04/24/2023 – MAHC – See You Tomorrow – Testify for $100 Million Bond for Housing – Tue, 4/25, 1 pm
- 04/20/2023 – MAHC – $100 Million Bond for Housing – Testify Tue, 4/25, 1 pm
- 04/13/2023 – MAHC – Legislative Update, Funding, Webinars, and more
- 04/07/2023 – MAHC: Defend LD2003 on 4/11; Support More Funding on 4/14
- 04/05/2023 – MAHC: Fri, 4/14, 9 AM -$200 Million for housing – TESTIFY IN PERSON
- 03/31/2023 – MAHC 3/31: The capacity is there, MAHC advocating for funding; LD2
- 03/24/2023 – MAHC 3/24: LD2 Homeless Response Bill Public Hearing; and more
- 03/17/2023 – MAHC 3/17: Maine Housing Gap Report, Federal Policy, and more
- 03/09/2023 – MAHC 3/9: Survey deadline; Legislative Update; and more
- 02/28/2023 – MAHC SURVEY 2/28: Help Advocate for Funding – What’s In Your Pipeline -What Do You Have Ready to Build or Construct?
- 02/17/2023 – MAHC News 2/17: Need Your Input: What’s In Your Pipeline -What Do You Have Ready to Build?; Webinars and more
- 02/17/2023 – MAHC News 2/17: Need Your Input: What’s In Your Pipeline -What Do You Have Ready to Build?; MAHC Fiscal Sponsorship For Capacity Building
- 02/08/2023 – MAHC News 2/8: Legislative Testimony – Submit Yours, New Research, Technical Assistance Events
- 02/03/2023 – MAHC News 2/3: Member Event Feb. 7, Legislative Update, Technical Assistance Events
- 01/26/2023 – MAHC News 1/26: Developer & Community TA; Funding; Legislative Updates
- 01/20/2023 – MAHC News 1/20: Housing Bills and Committee, How to Access Housing Funding, and more
- 01/12/2023 – MAHC News 1/13: Legislative Update, Bangor Region Needs 300 units of Housing a Year
- 01/04/2023 – MAHC News 1/4: Join Sen. Susan Collins, Feb. 7 Member Event, New Member Gift
- 12/20/2022 – MAHC News 12/20: Federal FY 2023 to Support Housing/Homelessness; Supportive Housing RFP; Thank You; and more
- 12/14/2022 – MAHC News 12/14: Federal HUD Investments – Act Today; Building Materials Exchange; Land Bank Webinar
- 12/06/2022 – MAHC News 12/6: Rumford RFP, Webinars, Act Today for LIHTC Expansion & Reform
- 11/29/2022 – MAHC News 11/29: Thank You. Funding Opportunities. And more.
- 11/22/2022 – MAHC News 11/22: Conference Presentations; UMaine 3-D Printed House; and more
- 11/16/2022 – MAHC News 11/16: Final Report of Maine Housing Commission, Sponsor Thank You, Membership, and more.
- 11/10/2022 – LAST DAY TO REGISTER – MAHC Housing Policy Conference https://mainehousingcoalition.org/housing-policy-conference/
- 11/07/2022 – MAHC: Only 3 days left to register for Housing Policy Conference; Op Ed; Last chance to get an ad in our conference folder
- 11/01/2022 – MAHC Policy Conference Registration Deadline Nov 10; News and Policy Updates
- 10/25/2022 – MAHC News 10/26: 3 weeks to the conference; Supportive Housing Funding; hoUSed federal advocacy; and more
- 10/17/2022 – Four solutions to Maine’s Affordable Housing Crisis – HOMEforMEpledge.com
- 10/17/2022 – MAHC News 10/17: Is Your Membership Past Due? More News; Housing Action Plan Update
- 10/11/2022 – MAHC News 10/11: Legislative Campaign to Share; HOMEforME Pledge; and more
- 10/03/2022 – MAHC Event & Announcement: Join Us Oct 4, 9-10:30, Woodfords Church
- 09/27/2022 – MAHC News 9/27: Join Us Oct 4, 9-10:30; RFPs; Funding and more news
- 09/19/2022 – MAHC News 9/19: Oct 4 Member Event; 4% PLA $20 Walk In; Maine Housing Crisis & Potential Solutions Testimony; Register for Conference
- 09/12/2022 – MAHC News 9/12: Funding Opportunities Info Sessions and Webinars
- 09/01/2022 – MAHC 8/30 News: Send feedback 8/31 for MaineHousing Multi Family Energy Updates
- 08/30/2022 – MAHC 8/30 News: Send feedback 8/31 for MaineHousing Multi Family Energy Updates
- 08/24/2022 – MAHC 8/24 News: MAHC Policy Agenda Draft for Input; Conference Registration
- 08/16/2022 – MAHC 8/16 News: MAHC Conference Registration; New Research; Member Engagement & Program Committee
- 08/09/2022 – MAHC Housing Policy Conference – Register Today – Nov 17
- 08/01/2022 – MAHC Aug 2 Member Event, 9-10:30 am at Maine Housing
- 07/27/2022 – MAHC News Flash: Registration Open for Housing Policy Conference; Fiscal Recovery for Housing
- 07/26/2022 – MAHC 7/26 News: Aug 2 Member Event, Share Feedback on Strategic Plan, Membership Invoices
- 07/18/2022 – MAHC 7/18 News: New MAHC Strategic Plan Draft, HUD Funds, Sign On, etc.
- 07/14/2022 – MAHC Housing Narrative Discussion Follow Up
- 07/11/2022 – MAHC News: Wed, 7/13, 10 am Join virtual interactive Housing Narrative Discussion
- 06/28/2022 – MAHC NEWS FLASH: MaineHousing Program Funding Changes
- 06/27/2022 – MAHC 6/27 News: Housing Narrative Discussion, Policy Survey Results, Innovation in Housing, etc.
- 06/13/2022 – MAHC 6/13 News: Last Chance- Policy Survey, and more
- 06/06/2022 – MAHC News: Wed, Jun 8 Member Event, Policy Survey
- 05/23/2022 – MAHC Advocacy Priority Survey, News 5/23
- 05/16/2022 – MAHC News 5/16: Supporting You in Building Affordable Homes
- 05/09/2022 – MAHC News: Supporting You in Building Homes For Those Who Need it Most
- 05/02/2022 – MAHC: QAP input example; June 7 Members Mtg; Leg. Session Summary; Op Ed
MAHC Cost of Construction Discussion Summary
More than fifty MAHC members had an engaging discussion on the status of rising construction costs, organizational approaches, and brainstormed systemwide approaches that included:
- Identify opportunities for sharing the increased risk of increased costs across multiple parties (developer, contractor, syndicator, lenders, municipality, MSHA)? Might reduce some of the padding in bids to address rising costs.
- Support ARPA funding use for LIHTEC. See below for the Sen. Collins’ co-sponsored LIFELINE bill that addresses this and an article from Pew article on this: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2022/04/25/rising-construction-costs-stall-affordable-housing-projects?utm_campaign=2022-05-02+SW&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pew&subscriberkey=003U000001GBmneIAD
- Bond for more money to get shovel ready projects built and maintain the pipeline. We can’t pause our State’s economic growth by not addressing this issue. Can consider preventing the increasing cost cycle later.
- Talk with Finance Authority of ME on gap financing or other solutions.
- Engage with DOL, AGC and others on workforce development
- Identify projects that are ready, that are in particular need, to find unique solutions
- MSHA follow up on:
- Clarity of structure for limited notices to proceed ($1 million – $3 million). How should these work and what’s the timing?
- Bulk purchase – is there a broad entity that can do this? (wood, steel)
- Review cost caps (TDC has increased)
- More opportunities to bring lenders together to discuss this issue
For a full summary, click here.
Governor Mills Signs LD2003 and LD201
(April 2022) At the renovated Hodgkins School Apartments in Augusta, Governor Janet Mills signed two bills to address Maine’s housing shortage Wednesday. The bills, LD 2003 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions” and LD 201 “An Act To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Promote Weatherization in the Buildings Sector by Extending the Sunset Date for the Historic Property Rehabilitation Tax Credit” will expand the availability of affordable housing in Maine. The bills were signed alongside older Maine people who are residents of the renovated Apartments, and Legislative and community leaders including Speaker Ryan Fecteau (D-Biddeford) and Senator Matt Pouliot (R-Kennebec). Read more or find media coverage: NewsCenter
MAHC Op Ed: Everyone Can Play A Role In Solving the Affordable Housing Crisis
“Residents can support development and zone changes in their community for affordable housing development. Businesses can invest in housing for their workforce. Philanthropists can consider opportunities for retrofitting homes for seniors, supporting volunteer driven home development, and other unique opportunities.” MAHC’s Director, Laura Mitchell went on to say, “Historically, limited resources and investment have left Maine only building several hundred units of affordable housing a year. Throughout Maine, it’s urgent we set higher goals and prepare to be producing 1,000 affordable units a year.” Read the full article here.
Maine needs 20,000 affordable housing units to meet need, report says
(April 2022) Maine needs 20,000 affordable housing units to meet the needs of its lowest-income residents, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition. There are just 51 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 of the lowest-income renter households in Maine. Nearly 60% of the poorest renter households in Maine are spending more than half of their incomes on housing, with little left over for other basic necessities, the report said. Click here to read the full article.
Legislators address Maine’s housing shortage, but advocates say so much more needs to be done
(April 2022) For seven years, off and on, Cheryl Harkins lived out of her car and in a homeless encampment in Portland. Harkins, who is 100% disabled related to degenerative conditions, said her legs would swell from sleeping in her Subaru. One time she woke up with 15 ticks on her. Another time her face “swelled shut” from mosquito bites. Harkins, who now serves on the statewide homeless council, said she still gets emotional when recalling that time in her life. People experiencing homelessness are called names, judged and excluded from family gatherings, she said. “I firmly believe that homelessness creates mental health issues,” Harkins said. Click here to read the full article.
A strong Maine economy depends on the availability of affordable housing
Ask any Maine employer what is holding back their ability to hire and this is what is on their mind: childcare, broadband, workforce training and housing. All of these deserve the attention of our policymakers, but housing is perhaps the one where the most potential for progress lives, but where regulation has historically stood in the way of making that progress possible. Simply put, housing supply is not just a social issue in Maine, it’s an economic issue. Click here to read the full article.
MAINE HAS A SHORTAGE OF 20,000 RENTAL HOMES FOR EXTREMELY LOW INCOME RENTERS
(April 2022) The National Low Income Housing Coalition released a new report, “The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes”, that highlights the housing needs for low income populations across the nation. According to the report, in Maine, there is a shortage of 19,264 rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions. See the Maine profile here: State Housing Profile ME 2022 NLIHC.
TENANT INTERVIEW PROJECT FINAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE!
(September 2021) To better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income, working renters, the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition conducted interviews with 80 Maine households every month from June of 2020 through July of 2021. The project was undertaken on the premise that without direct feedback from tenants, it would be virtually impossible to understand and adequately respond to their experience of the effects of this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. The final report is now available:
For more information, please contact the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition at email@example.com
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