Lakes Region Weekly
By Kayla Collins
October 13, 2013
A harvest luncheon at Stonecrest in Standish last Friday brought residents and community leaders together to celebrate the early March completion of Avesta Housing’s development of 25 affordable, energy-efficient apartments that were built for low-income seniors and disabled adults.
The event, sponsored by Portland-based Avesta, recognized the importance of the property, which, unlike the Section 8 federal housing voucher program, is subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office, said Avesta development officer, Greg Payne. This means the subsidy stays with the unit, not with the renter.
Lynn Olson, a Standish councilor and chairwoman of the Economic Development Committee who attended the celebration on behalf of the council, commented on the facility, saying, “The facility is beautiful, from the landscaping to the sense of family, which is really amazing. I am so thankful that Avesta expanded, so we can keep more of our seniors in Standish.”
On Friday, some of the seniors shared stories about how living at Stonecrest for the last seven months has helped improve their lives both financially and socially, and why it’s important to them.