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Victoria Morales of South Portland represents District 33 in the Maine House of Representatives. She is president of the Young People’s Caucus.

Maine residents are spending too much of their family budget on shelter costs, which means they have less in their family budget for food, medicine, transportation, and activities for their children. The Build Back Better Act would lower the costs of owning or renting a home by injecting millions of dollars into Maine’s home construction and renovation industry, creating good jobs, housing and lowering the cost of housing. housing for everyone for years to come. In a state short 20,000 households to meet the need, it will make a big difference in the lives of the Mainers. The bill will also increase the amount of rental housing assistance Maine needs to deal with Waiting list of 25,000 households.

News about the housing crisis tends to focus on southern Maine and ignores the fact that all counties outside of York and Cumberland are experiencing this crisis in an acute way. from Maine 2nd congressional district has 386,000 dwellings occupied by 657,481 inhabitants. Sixty percent of CD2 tenants in 2019 were unable to afford a two-bedroom apartment or house, and 49 percent of residents couldn’t afford to buy a house.

In the 2nd arrondissement, 85,472 inhabitants are live in poverty, which means a family of four winning less than $ 26,500 per year, and 13 percent of the population relocates each year.

The damage and trauma to children caused by housing precariousness and the relocation of homes and schools is enormous, it also contributes to low school graduation rates and failure to pursue higher education and professional and technical careers.

Given the urgent need, Maine cannot ignore this opportunity to invest in Mainers at the most basic level, safe and affordable homes for our families, children, workers and seniors. This investment is in line with 2020 Maine Economic Recovery Committee Report make housing a top priority because Maine businesses, while actively recruiting talent, fail due to a lack of housing to buy or rent.

We can continue to spend millions of dollars on education, treatment, health care and skills training, which we should be doing, but unless people have safe and affordable housing as their foundation, these millions fail to meet their goals. Maine must fight for all housing finance in the Build Back Better Act. We need it more than ever.



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