Affordable housing production is up in Maine — but yet to reach official goals

Maine housing officials say that affordable housing production has ramped up in recent years — but construction cost increases have slowed that progress.

Greg Payne, the senior housing advisor to Gov. Janet Mills, told the Legislature’s housing committee on Tuesday that the state had invested $285 million in affordable housing since 2019.

That’s led to a substantial increase in production, though still below a goal of 1,000 new units a year.

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