The Mike Yandell Award

The Mike Yandell Award

Every year since 2005, Avesta Housing recognizes an individual or organization for their service and dedication to the affordable housing industry.

Past honorees

2005 Preble Street Resource Center
2006 Northern New England Housing Investment Fund
2007 David Bronson, TD Bank
2008 John Gallagher, Westbrook Housing Authority
2009 Ben Walter, CWS Architects
2010 The Genesis Fund
2011 Gorham Savings Bank
2012 USDA Rural Development Maine State Office
John Ryan, Wright-Ryan Construction
2014 Jessica Maurer, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging
2015 Portland Press Herald
2016 Portland Housing Authority


The legacy of Mike Yandell

The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair. He was a diligent board member and was known for his impeccable attendance, tough questions and willingness to share his wisdom. He served as a banker in Portland for over 30 years and was the president of Gorham Savings Bank. He was known in Portland as a visionary and a community leader, especially in the arts, social services and business communities. Mike passed away in November 2008.

Today Mike is remembered for his generous spirit, his positive outlook and his commitment to making his community better. We honor his legacy each year by recognizing a person, business or organization that's doing extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing.

The clocks

We present honorees with a clock to showcase in their home or office. A clock also hangs in Avesta's office in Portland, engraved with the names of the award winners.

On July 23, 2008, Avesta dedicated a clock that stands on the sidewalk outside our Pearl Street property to Mike in recognition of his longtime service to the Portland community.

Our Mission and Values


Avesta Housing improves lives and strengthens communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need.

Core values

Humanity: We care about people

Stewardship: We manage our resources responsibly, efficiently and sustainably

Relationships: We seek meaningful interaction and effective collaboration

Quality: We pursue excellence in all our work