Maine is building new rent-free apartments for immigrants, paid for by the state’s taxpayers
Maine taxpayers are footing the bill for new apartments built specifically for newly arrived border crossers and illegal aliens, who must pay at least two years of rent.
This week, Maine officials in Brunswick unveiled new apartments that will go to border crossings and illegal aliens, whose rent will be paid for at least two years, News Center Maine reports:
On Monday, Dozens of people gathered at Brunswick Landing to celebrate the construction of 60 new apartment units in five buildings. Twenty-four of them have already been completed. These units are designed to house asylum seekers while they wait for a work permit. That process can often take some time, because asylum seekers can only apply for a permit at least six months after submitting their first asylum application. [Emphasis added]
This program is done through the Maine State Housing Authority. MaineHousing will essentially pay the rent for these asylum seekers for up to two years. Then they will be converted into a mix of market-rate and affordable housing unless the state says the program needs to be expanded. [Emphasis added]
Dozens of people gathered in Brunswick today to celebrate the creation of 60 new units to house asylum seekers while they wait to receive work permits. The goal is to move these people out of hotels and shelters and into more stable housing. Details at 5 p.m @newscentermaine. pic.twitter.com/ggJXUb2syh
— Chloe Teboe (@ChloeTeboe) January 8, 2024
We got a call this morning from folks in Maine to confirm this: “The state has budgeted nearly $3.5 million to provide two years of rent to 60 migrant families in Brunswick.” They say the immigrants came from Somalia and are now from Congo.https://t.co/xCLsXT0jQd
— slaterradio (@slaterradio) January 11, 2024
Maine taxpayers will foot the bill millions in financing the new migrant apartments and rental subsidies were allocated in the state budget.
The National Office reports:
The state has budgeted nearly $3.5 million to provide two years’ rent to 60 migrant families in Brunswick. Maine expects that immigrants will “acquire the means” to pay housing costs through “support” and “guidance” from the state.
The state is also providing $100,000 to dozens of Brunswick migrants for a year of asylum applications and help obtaining work permits. The legal aid is intended to ensure immigrants are approved for work “as quickly as possible” so they can “take care of themselves,” reduce pressure on government programs and help local economies by joining the workforce. [Emphasis added]
Brunswick’s money is part of a $55 million Emergency Housing Relief Fundthat provides permanent housing, transitional housing, and emergency housing for immigrants. [Emphasis added]
Last year, Maine officials discovered that approximately 4,200 residents across the state remain homeless, including more than 1,000 people who have been homeless for an extended period of time. The situation has been exacerbated by skyrocketing home prices, with the average single-family home in Maine now selling for a premium. average price of more than $350,000.
Meanwhile, demand for housing in Maine has boomed, which in turn has helped drive up home prices – partly due to mass immigration.
For example, Maine’s foreign-born population is almost up 53 percent from 2000 to 2021, adding more than 20,000 immigrants to the relatively small state of less than 1.4 million residents.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter here.
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