Avesta Housing (Avesta), a founding member of NLIHC State Coalition Partner, the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC), launched the inaugural edition of its Affordable Housing Activity Report. The report provides data that show the demand for affordable homes in southern Maine, where Avesta owns and operates most of its housing communities. Advocates hope the report, which will be updated and released monthly, will serve as a gauge for local need and strengthen the argument for increased state and federal resources to provide homes for people with the lowest incomes.
The first report, released on February 20, provides a demographic breakdown of households that sought an affordable home through Avesta in January, including those families that the organization was able to help. The organization received requests for housing from 275 households, but only had enough apartments available to house 29 households. Avesta reports a nearly 100% occupancy rate for the 1,900 apartments in its portfolio. With an aggregate wait list of approximately 1,800 families, the shortage of homes echoes NLIHC-tabulated data that indicate only 40 homes are available and affordable for every 100 extremely low income families (30% AMI or less) in Maine.