Federal stimulus money already committed to tackling homelessness and Maine’s housing crisis

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided $1.9 trillion to state, county and municipal governments to address the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, at least $12.7 million of more than $505 million in ARPA funding flowing into Maine counties and municipalities has been allocated to projects and programs targeting homelessness and the housing crisis. .

The City of Portland and Cumberland County have earmarked portions of their ARPA allocations of $46 million and $57.3 million, respectively.

Governor Janet Mills also committed $50 million to housing initiatives as part of her Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to spend more than $1 billion in ARPA aid to the state.

Here’s a look at ARPA housing funding so far:

• $6.5 million for the planned $25 million, 208-bed homeless shelter and services center in Portland ($3.5 million from the city; $3 million from the county)

• $3.6 million available through the Federal Real Estate Investment Partnerships Program, administered by the City of Portland

• $1.5 million from the county to help Tedford Housing build a $7 million emergency shelter and 64 beds for adults and families in Brunswick

• $1 million from the City of Portland for projects and programs to increase the supply of affordable housing

• $106,000 from the county to study the need for emergency shelters and other services for homeless and at-risk residents in the Lake District

• $40 million in publicly funded affordable housing programs to be announced later this year

• $10 million in repayable state-funded home construction loans available through MaineHousing to build affordable single-family homes


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