January 25, 2019

Age Friendly Raymond visits Augusta: Senior housing bonds released

On a bright sunny day, Age Friendly Raymond team members traveled to Augusta for a long-awaited announcement. Meeting in the Hall of Flags, Susan Moore, Laurie Wallace and Sheila Bourque were welcomed by State Representative Jessica Fay and given a tour of the Capital.  They were treated to a picture on the House floor with the Representative and were given Maine State pins.

Visitors were treated to lunch and the Hall was a festive gathering place for over 200 seniors and
Age Friendly Raymond steering committee visits the State House on AARP Tuesdays.  Sheila Bourque, Rep.Fay, Susan Moore and Laurie Wallace
guests awaiting Governor Mills arrival.
The housing bond, approved by almost 70 percent of Maine voters in a statewide referendum, will fund construction of more than 200 new affordable housing units for low-income seniors and the weatherization of another 100 existing homes for low-income seniors. The bond will also trigger more than $22.5 million in matching federal funds. According to the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, more than 9,000 seniors are currently waiting for safe, affordable housing.

The financial order Governor Mills signed on January 15 will allow $500,000 to be used immediately to fund ongoing projects for home repair and weatherization. Governor Mills also signed a letter to Maine Treasurer Henry Beck declaring her intent to authorize the sale of the remainder of the bond for any ready projects come June.

“While the people of Maine authorized this bond more than 1,000 days ago, today we proudly move forward in our goal of ensuring all Maine seniors can live safely and with dignity and comfort in the homes and communities they love,” said Governor Janet Mills. “It’s time to build more affordable senior housing as the voters intended.”

After the press conference the team attended a meeting of the Caucus on Aging, co-chaired by Representative Fay and were given a preview of the many bills that legislators were working on for the coming session.

Age Friendly Raymond meets on the second Monday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Raymond Public Safety Building.

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