ROCKLAND — The Knox County Homeless Coalition will receive $1.8 million for a variety of projects to tackle the region’s affordable housing crisis.

The Knox County Commissioners and Knox County Budget Committee voted unanimously Thursday evening, April 28, to provide the money as part of the $7.2 million in American Rescue Plan money received by the county from the federal government.

A formal public hearing and final vote will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, via Zoom. The final vote is a formality with commissioners and budget committee members in agreement on the use of the money.

The homeless coalition originally requested $4.1 million. The single largest project within that proposal is to spend $2.7 million to purchase 6 Madelyn Lane in Rockport. The property consists of six acres and two former medical office buildings that included offices for Pen Bay Family Medicine and Pen Bay Pediatrics.

Other projects in the homeless coalition proposal include $320,000 for Habitat’s proposed housing development on Talbot Avenue and $180,000 for Habitat’s project on Philbrick Avenue.

The county boards also agreed to spend $962,000 during 2022 for continued weekly stipends of $200 for most county employees — those in the sheriff’s patrol, corrections, airport security, communications, and information technology. The county provided the $200 in extra pay during most of 2021 with the federal aid which totaled about $500,000.

There are 119 employees overall for the county. Elected officials, such as the sheriff, will not receive the extra pay.

Other spending approved out of the federal includes:

* $1.2 million for the Knox Clinic.

* $300,000 for a boat for the sheriff’s office to respond to island cases. The sheriff, a former Marine Patrol officer, said he and two other officers, including the North Haven deputy, have the training to operate such a boat and other officers can be trained.

* $60,000 for Meals on Wheels.

* $840,000 to replace cell doors at the Knox County Jail.

* $300,000 for replacing microwave communications equipment for dispatch.

* $196,000 for heating, air conditioning, and ventilation improvements at the jail.

* $175,000 for the Area Interfaith Outreach.

* $100,000 for the Come Spring food pantry.

* $20,000 for a consultant study on creating a regional fire and emergency medical services service.

* $20,000 to replace a hazardous material de-contamination tent.

* $10,000 for improved audio/video equipment in the commissioners room.

* $9,000 for $500 annual stipends for each municipal emergency management services director.

* And $200,000 for legal and audit fees associated with administering the grants.