July 21, 2024
The city of Bangor, Maine has made two additional ARPA allocations on June 24, 2024. The allocations were for a rental registry loan program and 2 positions.

City Council made two moves with State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) which the city of Bangor, Maine received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

$250,000 to fund the Rental Registry’s Quality Housing Provider program

Bangor City Council allocated $250,000 to fund the Rental Registry’s Quality Housing Provider program to offer low-cost loans to property owners according to the income designation of tenant households whose income exceeds the 80% Area Median Income (AMI) threshold.

The Rental Registry is a pilot program the City has established in order to get landlords to voluntarily register their properties with Bangor’s long-term rental registry. The creation of a long-term rental registry was one of the top recommendations of the Bangor 2019 Housing Workgroup final report.

$220,557 to fund the Homelessness Response Manger and Housing Rehab Coordinator positions

Bangor City Council officially allocated $220,557 to fund the Homelessness Response Manger and Housing Rehab Coordinator positions. The City Council had previously earmarked $350,000 for both of those positions, for a total of $700,000 in SLFRF funds. Prior to this action, the City Council had not officially made any allocation for this via order or resolve.

This action was part of finalizing the budget, and printed as part of City Council Resolve 24-191 “Appropriation for Municipal Year 2025.”

Being that it was done as part of the city’s yearly budget, this official allocation represents 1 year of compensation for both positions, and should continue for 2 more years to meet the total amount of $700,000. This full amount of allocation has already been reported to the U.S. Treasury.