LITTLETON, Maine — Members of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs will have greater access to affordable housing on tribal lands thanks to federal funding.
Richard Dyer, the housing director for the band, said Tuesday that the tribe has secured $251,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to build a duplex home on Medicine Wheel Road in Littleton.
The duplex will provide low-income housing for two families. The tribe has more than 1,000 members scattered throughout Aroostook County. The bulk of the tribe’s facilities are in Presque Isle.
“This has been a great acquisition for our tribe,” said Dyer. “This is going to give our tribal members who qualify a place to live. It is a wonderful opportunity for these families. They will be living on tribal lands.”
The project broke ground in September. Dyer said work has progressed steadily and the band is hoping the two families will be able to move in by Thanksgiving.
“We think it will be a great gift for them,” he said.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in February. The purpose of the $787 billion recovery package is to jump-start the economy to create and save jobs and build the foundation for long-term economic growth.
The ARRA includes measures to modernize U.S. infrastructure, enhance America’s energy independence, expand educational opportunities, increase access to health care, provide tax relief and protect those in greatest need.
Thus far, Aroostook County has benefited from more than $9 million in ARRA money, according to figures provided by the state.