AUGUSTA – The Maine Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee met Thursday to discuss how COVID-19 has left many unemployed and unable to pay their rent.
Housing Director Daniel Brennan spoke specifically about the rent relief program established by Gov. Janet Mills in April.
“So the goal here is to have a rent relief program of some sort available through the summer and as we head into the fall. And big picture we’re potentially looking into the HEROES Act or other federal money coming from congress, but we’ve been happy to be able to do that
Brennan says there will be a 500 hundred dollar one time payment to landlords of people who have lost their job and been affected by COVID-19.
The governor announced Thursday the rent relief program would be extended through June.