State Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, has received the Elizabeth H. Mitchell Housing Leadership Award from the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.

The award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in addressing Maine’s affordable housing problems, according to the coalition.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Volk said in a press release. “Taking a bipartisan approach to Maine’s affordable housing issues has been one of my priorities in the Legislature.”

She added, “Every Mainer deserves to have a roof over their head and live in a safe environment. There is more work to do, but we made some good progress over the last two years.”

As chairwoman of the legislative committee that oversees the Maine Housing Authority, Volk is deeply involved with housing issues, including being the lead sponsor for a bill that made Maine’s lead exposure standards for children consistent with the federal rules.

Volk was also a vocal supporter of the senior housing bond, which was approved by Maine voters in November of 2015. The bond provides funding for the construction of senior housing across Maine.

Volk is running for re-election this fall against Scarborough Town Councilor Jean Marie Caterina, the Democratic candidate.

– Kate Irish Collins

Amy Volk is the state senator for District 30, which includes most of Scarborough and Buxton and all of Gorham.

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