BELFAST — The housing epidemic has affected millions of Americans and Mayor Eric Sanders said it’s having a profound impact on Belfast.
Sanders said, “there is a desperate need for housing, there is a desperate need for affordable housing, I and the council all grew up working class so we fully support it here.”
The city’s economic development director said they are working on a community development block grant of up to $500,000 to be used for additional housing.
Thomas Kittredge, Belfast’s Economic Development Director said, “right now, we have been working with a firm called Developers Collaborative to put in affordable housing and some market-rate housing at our former public works site at 115 Congress Street.”
“We think that having new affordable housing, especially workforce housing is critically important if we want to continue to have businesses here in Belfast, they need to find places to live,” said Kittredge.
Sanders said this new affordable housing unit will help the city of Belfast.
“We really need to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to live in Belfast and that regardless of socio-economic abilities, that’s what makes a small town in America great, and that is what we are doing,” said Sanders.
Sanders said it’s going to do so much more than just provide housing. “It’s going to maintain the diversity that we need to continue to develop as a go-t0-city.”
There will be a public hearing on this grant at the next council meeting Tuesday, May 4.