Maine Revised Statutes

§4357-A. Community living arrangements

1. Definitions.  As used in this section, unless the context indicates otherwise, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Community living arrangement" means a housing facility for 8 or fewer persons with disabilities that is approved, authorized, certified or licensed by the State. A community living arrangement may include a group home, foster home or intermediate care facility. [1997, c. 442, §2 (NEW).]
B. "Disability" has the same meaning as the term "handicap" in the federal Fair Housing Act, 42 United States Code, Section 3602. [1997, c. 442, §2 (NEW).]
[ 1997, c. 442, §2 (NEW) .]
2. Single-family use.  In order to implement the policy of this State that persons with disabilities are not excluded by municipal zoning ordinances from the benefits of normal residential surroundings, a community living arrangement is deemed a single-family use of property for the purposes of zoning.
[ 1997, c. 442, §2 (NEW) .]
1997, c. 442, §2 (NEW).