Affordable housing is an issue for every generation of Mainers.
Maine is facing an affordable housing crisis. There is not a single county in our state where a full-time worker earning the minimum wage can afford a typical two-bedroom apartment. According to the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, nearly 31,000 renters — 1 in 5 Maine renters — pay more than half their income toward housing costs.
For every Maine family living in an affordable, federally subsidized unit, almost three families are on a waiting list. This is a statewide problem. I believe affordable housing should be the expectation in every community, rather than an anomaly. We owe this to our seniors, young families who want to make a life here, and our workforce.
Right now, I’m sponsoring a bill to cut red tape that stands in the way of building or renovating affordable housing units in our state.