AARP Maine Applauds Passage of Housing Bond Following State Elections
AARP Members Across Maine Voiced Their Support in Recent Weeks
AARP Maine applauds the passage of the Housing Bond – State Ballot Question 2 – which will help many older Mainers remain in their own homes and communities.
“Today, nearly 9,000 older Mainers are waiting for affordable housing options in their communities,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director “With the passage of the Housing Bond, Maine can start to scale that number back through improved affordable housing measures in some of our most vulnerable communities.”
The Senior Housing Bond will enable more Mainers to age in their own homes by revitalizing communities and providing new homes for older Mainers; dedicating funds to home repair and weatherization of some existing homes; and by creating jobs in the construction industry.
AARP Maine heard from thousands of their 230,000 members in the state regarding this issue in the weeks leading up to the election. On October 20 th, more than 4,000 AARP members participated in a live tele-town hall with Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R-Winterport) and House Speaker Mark Eves (D-North Berwick). Participants were invited to ask questions during the town hall meeting and many callers expressed their support for the state’s investment in affordable housing.
AARP Maine Volunteers also came to the State House during the legislative session to speak with legislators about the importance of housing. Many other volunteers testified in support of the bond before the Appropriations Committee, including Rena Heath of Hallowell who testified before the Committee. "Like many Mainers across the state, I’ve rented an apartment for most of my life,” she said. “A few years ago, my building changed hands and the rent increased to an amount that I could no longer afford. I was lucky because I didn’t have to wait very long for an affordable option to become available. That isn't the case for too many older Mainers."
To learn more about AARP Maine’s work in support of age-friendly communities, go to www.aarp.org/me.
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