Policy & Research
The Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing) is an independent authority created by the Maine State Legislature in 1969 to address problems of unsafe, unsuitable, overcrowded, and unaffordable housing. At its core, the agency couples the efficiencies of the private financial markets with public purpose goals to provide affordable home ownership and rental housing opportunities for Maine people.
Since inception, the agency has been asked to handle additional responsibilities on behalf of the state. As a result, MaineHousing administers a number of federal housing-related programs, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, the Section 8 Rental Assistance programs, the Emergency Solutions Grant Program, the Weatherization Program, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and others. Such programs reduce the costs associated with housing for Maine people.
The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan outlines MaineHousing’s Priorities and Goals for the next five years. It incorporates the results from an assessment of trends influencing housing in Maine; the development of scenarios based on certainties and uncertainties; strategic vision sessions on demographic, economic, health, and land-use trends; customer and partner feedback; a review of best practices in the housing field; and a comprehensive risk assessment.
As MaineHousing plans for 2018 and beyond, there are demographic, economic, housing, policy and technology trends that should be taken into account. This document outlines those trends and scenarios, and lists our priorities and our goals plus strategies to achieve those goals.