Letter: Maine seniors need what bond will provide

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Our aging population presents a number of challenges for our community, including where our seniors will live.

Research shows that the majority of seniors prefer to age in place, either staying in their current homes or choosing from a range of affordable housing options within their communities.

Nowhere is this need more critical than for low-income seniors.

A referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot addresses this need by proposing a $15 million bond for low-income senior housing. It is similar to the bi-partisan, $65 million senior housing bond bill passed by the state Legislature in 2014. Unfortunately, Gov. LePage vetoed that bill, and state Sen. Mike Timmons, R-Cumberland, and others voted to sustain the governor’s veto.

The referendum on this year’s ballot is our best option for obtaining the housing so urgently needed by our growing senior population.

John Berrett