MILLINOCKET, Maine — A Hampden-based businessman will see if he can secure for town residents some of the $1.4 million in housing rehabilitation money he says the state has.
Town Council members agreed to have Carlton Pinney continue the work he did last year for Millinocket handling funds from the federal Community Development Block Grant program, which is administered through Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
Pinney said he is optimistic about the town’s chances but warns that money is tighter this year. Last year the state received about $2.3 million, but this year likely will get about $1.4 million, he said.
“There are four grants for the entire state. However, I think Millinocket is in a strong position [compared to other towns] because of the number of [local homeowners] on the waiting list,” Pinney said recently.
Last year the town received $250,000. The exact number of houses renovated was not available on Friday.
According to the proposal he gave the town, Pinney’s Northeast Housing Services has administered 17 grant programs since 1998 and rehabilitated or replaced more than 400 houses in more than a dozen communities.
The towns include Millinocket, Brooks, Burnham, Dexter, Exeter, Greenbush, Milford, Rockland and Waldo, among others, his proposal states.
Grant winner announcements are due later this year.