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  • $2.7M for low-income housing for Portland, Maine

    The Gateway Terminal, built during the Baldacci Administration and funded by state and federal grants, is an example of the tremendous development change sin the city from the 90's. photo Ramona du Houx

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $2,773,730 through three grant programs to Portland, Maine for investment in low-income housing projects.The funds could expand housing opportunities and bolster facilities and services in emergency shelters.

    "Investment in low-income housing plays a critical role in helping put a roof over the heads of thousands of people in Maine every year," said Angus King.

    The grants will help:

    • $1,791,064 — A Community Development Block Grant will providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities.

    • $161,834 — Emergency Solutions Grant will engage homeless individuals and families; improving the number, quality and operations of emergency shelters for them; providing essential services to shelter residents; rapidly rehousing them; and preventing them from becoming homeless.

    • $820,832 — HOME Program that helps expand decent, affordable housing options for low and very low-income families through grants to states and local governments that fund housing