Five Maine nonprofits get HUD loans to attack homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $671,345 to five nonprofits as part of the department’s continuum of care program.
Kennebec Behavioral Health, in Waterville; Maine State Housing Authority, in Augusta; New Beginning Inc., in Lewiston; OHI, in Bangor; and Tedford Housing, in Brunswick were all awarded funding through the program, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced.
“Individuals who are homeless are among those who are the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Collins. “Throughout our state, service providers and agencies are dedicated to providing these Mainers with resources to promote their health, independence, and overall wellbeing.”
Funding will be allocated:
* Kennebec Behavioral Health will receive $43,479.
* Maine State Housing Authority will receive $409,983.
* New Beginnings Inc. will receive $164,339.
* OHI will receive $37,261. * Tedford Housing will receive $16,283.
The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals, families, persons fleeing domestic violence, and youth while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among those experiencing homelessness.