AUGUSTA- Governor Janet Mills and advocates for senior citizens gathered in the hall of flag.
“Today we proudly move forward in assuring that all Maine citizens and seniors can live safely with dignity and comfort in the homes and communities they love” Mills said.
Mills signed a financial order to release fifteen million dollars of senior housing bonds.
Voters approved the bonds in 2015, but then Governor LePage failed to authorize their release.
“For the past 1,169 days, almost 70% of Mainers who voted for support of affordable senior housing waited for their voices to matter”
The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that 31% of ‘extremely low income renters’ are senior citizens.
Many of those who were in attendance today believe that Governor Mills releasing these bonds is a step towards fixing this problem.
“This is an amazing first step for Maine and Maine’s seniors” said Lori Parham, the director of AARP Maine. “We look forward to continuing to work with Governor Mills and the legislature toward fixing this important issue.”
According to a statement issued by Mill’s spokesperson, the bond will also trigger more than twenty-two million dollars in matching federal funds.