Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has been awarded $900,000 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program to retrofit and expand an existing food service facility. This funding was awarded through the CARES Act and will establish a food pantry to ensure the proper storage of perishable and nonperishable food items.
“Communities in Maine and throughout the country are continuing to combat this public health and economic crisis,” said Senator Collins. “This investment will help ensure that the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians can continue to safely provide affordable and nutritious food services on their lands during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Last month, Senator Collins announced that the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs have been awarded a total of $1.8 million through the ICDBG program. The ICDBG program assists grant recipients with affordable housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities, primarily for low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and communities.