King supports bill to house homeless college students

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Sen. Angus King is speaking out in favor of a bill that would make it easier for homeless college students to find housing.

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit gives tax breaks to developers that build affordable housing. The current law does not allow tenants of those properties to be full-time students. The law was written to ensure that affordable housing was going to those who need it most, but those who work with the homeless population said it’s one of the many obstacles homeless students face as they try to break the cycle of poverty.

“You need a place where you can go that’s quiet, you need to be able to sleep, you need to be able to have that foundation of stability,” said Preble Street Veterans Housing Services Supervisor James Gagne. “When you don’t have the money to pay for both it’s really it’s a false choice.”

Senator King said he expects to work on the bill in the next legislative session, beginning in January. Read a summary of the bill here.