AUGUSTA — A bill before the legislature’s Committee on Health and Human Services aims to help people in transitional phases of their lives.
Lawmakers want to help people experiencing abuse, dangerous living situations, economic insecurity, chronic homelessness, substance abuse disorders, or mental disorders.
The proposed bill would provide job training and health care services for people in need in every county in the state.
“Supporting transitional housing could create better results for Maine,” Alliance Maine Executive Director Malory Shaughnessy said,.
“Our members work hard to keep people secure in the social safety net, and as it’s been mentioned these providers find that this type of transitional housing would much better facilitate the work that they do,” she said.
Right now, the legislation has created for the bill an ongoing appropriation of $8 million for 2022 through 2023.
The public hearing for the bill was held Tuesday morning. Legislators will hear testimonials during their work sessions over the next few weeks.
To learn more about the bill, go to the Committee of Health and Human Services on the Maine State Legislature’s website and find LD 1301.