The Chamber regards housing as a critical social and
economic issue directly affecting economic development. By encouraging the
creation of affordable, quality housing and by achieving higher home ownership
rates, the community creates a more stable workforce and enhances quality of
life. The Chamber also recognizes the problem of chronic homelessness to be a
multi-faceted one. To that end, the Chamber supports:
- Affordable housing initiatives from local, state and federal governments that maximize assistance for low-income families and first-time homebuyers and also allow seniors to stay in their homes longer.
- Support for land-use and other policies at the local and state level that reduce development costs.
- Banking regulations that support sound mortgage lending practices..
- A realistic and comprehensive strategy to combat chronic homelessness by marrying housing with the services needed to support at-risk individuals through the Maine State Housing Authority and Department of Health and Human Services.