Affordable housing agencies across Maine will share $9.5 million from the federal government to improve public housing.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced the awards to 19 local housing authorities in a news release Thursday.

“Maine’s housing authorities provide a critical supply of affordable housing and an array of vital services to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income individuals and families,” Collins said in the release. “This funding will help Maine housing authorities preserve and modernize homes and meet the needs of the individuals and families who live in them.”

Almost $2.5 million will be directed to the Portland Housing Authority. Other municipal housing authorities receiving money include Lewiston ($982,254), South Portland ($715,001), Brunswick ($438,463), Auburn ($373,273) and Waterville ($528,890).

The funding is from the U.S. government’s public housing capital fund program.

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