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Advocates urge Congressmembers to help solve Maine’s housing crisis

April 23, 2024


Advocates delivered petition signatures to Maine members of Congress urging them to take federal action to protect renters now, and support construction of green social housing in the future.

On Tuesday, MPA members delivered petition signatures in support of ensuring everyone in Maine has access to safe, affordable housing, and urging federal support for the creation of green social housing, to the offices of Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden and Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King. This fall, winter, and spring, renters, homeowners, and landlords signed more than 1,100 petitions supporting action to address Maine’s housing crisis. 

Gina Morin (they/them) of Auburn took part in the delivery of petitions to Sen. Collins and Rep. Golden, and spoke about their experience with housing insecurity. Morin says: “No one deserves to lose their home or to worry about where they’ll sleep at night. Unfortunately that’s the reality for many Mainers and it was once the reality for me. While I’ve now been housed for the past four years, I won’t stop fighting until all Mainers have safe, affordable housing, too.”

MPA Housing Organizer Nyawal Lia (she/her) delivered the signed petitions to Sen. King and Rep. Pingree’s offices and spoke to staffers there.“Maine’s housing crisis will not go away on its own,” says Lia, “so our members of Congress must take action and help create green social housing for those most in need. No Mainer—regardless of who they are or how much money they make—deserves to live without a home. Our Congresspeople need to ensure everyone in our state can access housing that’s safe and affordable.”

Green social housing is publicly-funded, permanently affordable, environmentally sustainable housing. It includes public housing for the lowest-income and most marginalized residents, as well as affordable options for low- and moderate-income households.

It’s vital that Maine and the U.S. take this problem seriously and not leave it to failed “market” solutions. We must ensure that everyone is able to afford a safe and decent place to live, as we prepare for the housing needs of the future—that means protecting renters now as we build more housing. 

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Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) was founded in Lewiston in 1982 and has grown to be the largest community organization in Maine, and one of the largest in the country. MPA is a powerful grassroots network of more than 32,000 members who work together on issues that include but are not limited to climate change, toxics use reduction, health care access, affordable housing, racial justice, and immigrant rights.

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Contact: Nora Flaherty-Stanford, [email protected], (207) 370-8314