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On November 29, the Bangor Daily News published the article "MaineHousing not backing down from questions over spending" written by its news reporter Eric Russell. Mr. Russell's father works at Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) as noted at the end of the article. This conflict-of-interest apparently was not disclosed when the article appeared in the Lewiston Sun Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, as mentioned by Al Diamon in his Downeast Magazine editorial "Sometimes a Disclaimer Isn't Enough."
6,500 homeless and disadvantaged Maine families are waiting for affordable apartments developed by Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA). The budgeted $314,000 units at the Elm Terrace project in Portland are financed with taxpayer dollars flowing through MSHA. Unnecessarily expensive apartments squander limited taxpayer funds, and shelter too few disadvantaged families hoping for a safe, warm place to call home.
The new MSHA board is changing the building standards required to develop truly affordable housing in Maine. These changes will result in the construction of a greater number of less expensive apartments to help more of the 6,500 waiting list families-in-need.
Bruce L. Poliquin
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