Funds from 2015 bond will help build more than 200 housing units for Maine seniors

AUGUSTA, Maine — Funds from a housing bond that voters passed in 2015 will help build more than 200 units of affordable senior living in five cities and towns, a year after Gov. Janet Mills ordered the sale of bonds blocked under the previous administration.

The bulk of the housing bond, $14.5 million, will help build 212 new affordable housing units across seven developments, including two in Scarborough, two in Belfast and one each in Ellsworth, Farmington and Hartland.

Funding from the housing bond will be supplemented by municipal funding, private capital, money from the Community Development Block Grant program and other sources. In total, funding for the seven projects is expected to total $45.8 million, according to the Maine State Housing Authority. The housing bond also included $500,000 to repair and weatherize existing senior housing units.

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