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Maine

Overview

Like many other parts of the country, Maine's growth has resulted in significant housing affordability challenges. Combatting housing affordability issues in the state will require holistic solutions that address the needs of all Maine residents.

Maine has seen a sharp population increase, adding more than 10,000 new residents since 2010.

78,000 Mainers call an apartment home, with demand on the rise.

53% of low-income renters spend more than half of their income on housing.

Between now and 2030, Maine will need to add 309 new apartment homes each year to keep up with demand.

Legal Landscape

Legal Landscape

The state of Maine does not have any legal framework surrounding rent control. The state neither preempts or promotes local municipalities from implementing rent control.

It is imperative that preemption be introduced and passed to protect citizens from the ramifications of rent control. 

Maine
ESTABLISH PREEMPTION

Rent control is an outdated concept. It benefits the very few—and not necessarily those in greatest need—at the expense of the larger society.

REJECT PRICE CONTROLS

It is important for lawmakers to pursue alternatives such as voucher-based rental assistance for those in greater need to better address housing affordability.

Alternative Approaches

Many states have adopted programs and initiatives to tackle the affordability crisis. In Maine, policymakers and the housing industry have made concerted efforts to address the problem. Examples include:

Bridging Rental Assistance Program

Bridging Rental Assistance Program (BRAP) began in 1994 and is a transitional housing voucher program that assists adults with mental illness for up to 24 months. Eligible recipients must have applied for federal Section 8 housing vouchers or be willing to apply when waiting lists open. Participants pay 51% of income for rent and BRAP covers the remaining rent up to the Fair Market Rent. In order of priority, this program serves individuals leaving public or private psychiatric hospitals, those who are homeless, individuals living in substandard housing, and those moving from group homes to more independent living situations.

Property Tax Fairness Credit

Maine's Property Tax Fairness Credit replaced The Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund Program in January 2013. Renters and homeowners are both eligible. For renters, the benefit base is 25% of gross rent paid during the tax year, and the maximum refund is $300, or $400 if renter is at least 70 years of age.

Resources

Useful information to help inform and guide the development of viable solutions to the housing affordability crisis.

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