Press Release: Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing to Celebrate the Opening of New Affordable Community for Seniors in Yarmouth

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2018

Contact: Sara Olson, Director of Development and Communications

Cell: 207-317-3914 | Email: SOlson@AvestaHousing.org

 

Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing to Celebrate the Opening of
New Affordable Community for Seniors in Yarmouth

Yarmouth, Maine – Nonprofit organizations Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing will host a grand opening celebration of their recently developed affordable senior apartments, Bartlett Woods in Yarmouth, Maine, on Tuesday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. Speakers include: Dan Brennan, Director of MaineHousing, Dana Totman, President of Avesta Housing, Mark Primeau, Board Chair of Yarmouth Senior Housing, and Pat Thompson, Yarmouth Town Council Chair. The program will include apartment tours.

Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta Housing co-developed and co-own Bartlett Woods, which has 28 one- and two-bedroom apartments targeted to households at or below 60% of the area median income. Bartlett Woods is located next to Bartlett Circle, 28 units of affordable senior homes that were built by Yarmouth Senior Housing in 1975 and rehabilitated in 2017. Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman remarked on the project, “Bartlett Woods is the product of a strong partnership between Yarmouth Senior Housing and Avesta. We shared a passion for supporting Maine’s seniors with safe, affordable housing, and were fortunate to have the support of the Town of Yarmouth and its residents.”

Bartlett Woods is a sustainably designed building with photovoltaic solar panels and a tight building envelope. Bartlett Woods residents benefit from a telehealth program resulting from a partnership with MaineHealth. They also have access to cooking and nutrition programs with Cooking Matters and financial capability training and fraud prevention education with the Avesta NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center. Bartlett Woods was designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects of Scarborough and built by Bowman Constructors of Newport.

The 28 units at Bartlett are among only 66 affordable senior apartments that came online in Maine in 2017. Meanwhile, the Maine Real Estate Managers Association recently released data indicating that among 92 property management organizations and landlords throughout the state, there were a total of 9,890 senior households currently waiting for an affordable home.

Bartlett Woods Grand Opening
31 Bartlett Circle, Yarmouth, Maine
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2:00 p.m.          Grand opening begins

2:15 p.m.         Program

2:45 p.m.         Apartment tours

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About Yarmouth Senior Housing

Yarmouth Senior Housing, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1975 as a cooperative effort by local citizens, businesses, and the Town of Yarmouth. Yarmouth Senior housing owns and manages Bartlett Circle and co-owns Bartlett Woods, both 28-unit affordable housing properties for seniors. Yarmouth Senior Housing’s mission is to enhance human dignity in Yarmouth by providing safe, comfortable, carefree, and affordable homes for some of its elder citizens. www.bartlettcircle.com

 

About Avesta Housing

Avesta Housing is a nonprofit affordable housing provider with over 40 years of experience as a leader in affordable housing development and property management in southern Maine and New Hampshire. The organization is headquartered in Portland, Maine and currently has more than 80 properties and 2,400 apartments in its portfolio. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need. Its five areas of focus are advocacy, development, property management, senior and assisted living, and home ownership. www.AvestaHousing.org

 

Southgate Farm in Scarborough entered in National Register of Historic Places

SCARBOROUGH — Southgate Farm in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according Kirk F. Mohney, Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, in a press release. This designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated, and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Southgate Farm is significant as a well-preserved example of a rural New England Federal-style brick farmhouse with later Colonial Revival additions. The house embodies distinctive characteristics of Federal style design in its form, proportions, plan, detailing, and materials.

Bangor Daily News

Avesta plans senior housing on Brighton Avenue in Portland

PORTLAND — Avesta Housing hopes to build 40 one-bedroom apartments for people age 55 and older at the corner of Brighton Avenue and Wessex Street.

“It has been too many years since senior housing has been built (in Portland),” Avesta Development Officer Greg Payne said Feb. 9.

The new housing would be built on the site of a two-family home and adjacent storage building owned by the nonprofit, according to Avesta’s plans and city tax records. The property is between the Pine Tree Shopping Center and Nason’s Corner on Brighton Avenue.

The Forecaster

Reshaping Portland’s waterfront: A flurry of development east to west in Maine’s largest city

Lobster traps, buoys, barrels and industrial buildings dot Portland’s Union Wharf, owned by the Poole family for more than two centuries.

Brothers Charlie and Malcolm Poole lease space to 25 tenants and 15 boats that tie up on the pier, all part of Portland’s prized working waterfront.

As they seek new tenants and income sources, the brothers are having a three-story office built at the adjacent Widgery Wharf, which they also own. They’re planning two more buildings of commercial and retail space on Commercial Street in what is to be the first large-scale project under 2010 zoning that allows for more non-marine waterfront land use under certain conditions, including providing money to invest in marine infrastructure.

Mainebiz

Southgate seeking historic status

The Southgate House, a more than 200-year-old farmhouse at 577 Route 1, is slated to receive a new lease on life and be redeveloped into an affordable housing complex, but before that happens, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission is working to get the property listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

The Commission voted Jan. 26 that the property is indeed historic and passed it on to the next level of review.

“The commissioners voted on it on Friday and unanimously agreed it was ready to be forwarded to the National Park Service. That will be the next step,” said Michael Goebel-Bain, Maine Historic Preservation Commission’s National Register and Survey Coordinator.

Scarborough Leader

Avesta report shows low-income housing shortage

Applications for affordable housing to Avesta Housing, the largest nonprofit affordable housing provider in northern New England, have gone up by 24% since 2014, but the availability of housing for low-income renters has gone down, the organization said Thursday.

The company’s 2017 Affordable Housing Activity report shows a widening gap between how many families have applied for housing, and how many received it. The company received 3,784 applications in 2017 and had 393 move-ins. It’s waiting list has 1,594 individuals or families.

A report last year by the National Low Income Housing Corp. determined that Maine had 46 units available per 100 “extremely low income” renters. ELI renters are defined as at or below either the poverty line or 30 percent of the area median income can live without spending more than 30 percent of their household income on rent and utilities.

Mainebiz

Mainers and Businesses Divided on Paid Family Leave

 In President Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he emphasized the need to invest in the workforce:

“….and let’s support working families by supporting paid family leave,” the president said.

Paid maternity leave is an idea that’s been around for decades, but currently only a third of employers offer the benefit. Proposals at the national and state level would expand access to paid leave, but opponents say a mandate would be bad for businesses.

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Press Release: New Data from Avesta Housing Reveals Large and Growing Unmet Affordable Housing Needs

January 31, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sara Olson, Director of Development and Communications

Cell: 207-317-3914 | Email: SOlson@AvestaHousing.org

 

New Data from Avesta Housing Reveals Large and Growing Unmet Affordable Housing Needs

Portland, Maine – Avesta Housing, the largest nonprofit affordable housing provider in northern New England, has released a report documenting the growing unmet housing needs it has encountered between 2014 and 2017. New applications for Avesta’s affordable homes rose by 24% over the past four years, while scarce resources to build new apartments coupled with very limited turnover in Avesta’s existing portfolio resulted in relatively few new households served.

“Avesta is committed to doing all we can to make sure that everyone has an affordable place to call home, but the ever-widening gap between the number of people who need our housing and the number of homes we have available represents a crisis that demands more, not less, public engagement,” said Dana Totman, President & CEO of Avesta Housing. “We hope that federal and state lawmakers will respond to the growing unmet housing needs in our communities with a growing commitment to addressing them.”

The recently enacted federal tax reform bill is expected to reduce affordable housing production in Maine by about 10% going forward, and Congressional leaders are currently negotiating proposed cuts to federal programs that support the development of new affordable homes.

For additional data on Avesta Housing’s applications and new household move-ins, go to https://www.avestahousing.org/our-news/statistics/.

 

About Avesta Housing

Avesta Housing is a nonprofit affordable housing provider with over 40 years of experience as a leader in affordable housing development and property management in southern Maine and New Hampshire. The organization is headquartered in Portland, Maine and currently has more than 80 properties and 2,400 apartments in its portfolio. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need. Its five areas of focus are advocacy, development, property management, senior and assisted living, and home ownership. www.AvestaHousing.org

Avesta closes on Fox School

PARIS — The sale of the Mildred M. Fox School located at 10 Market Place, to Avesta Housing, was finalized on Dec. 28.

The town sold the building to Avesta Housing for $125,000. Vic Hodgkins stated in his town manager’s report that, “The Fox School account has a current balance of $123,999.82 … after costs and fees.”

The building was originally constructed in 1883 and had been used as a public school until 2008, and was named after a former principal.

Sun Journal

Nonprofit Avesta Housing adds paid parental leave as employee benefit

Portland-based nonprofit Avesta Housing announced Wednesday it has added paid parental leave to its employee benefits package, effective Jan. 1.

The parental leave allows for eight weeks of leave at 100% pay for birth mothers and four weeks of leave at 100% pay for all other parents. The policy includes paid leave time for women and men, biological births and adoptions, and full- and part-time employees.

Mainebiz