In the News
February 9, 2016
By Christopher Cousins
Avesta Housing, a nonprofit provider of some 2,000 units of affordable housing in Maine and New Hampshire, has released a survey that found requests for affordable housing have reached an all-time high, especially among senior citizens.
“The level of unmet need for a safe, affordable place to live is higher than we have ever seen,” said Avesta President Dana Totman in a news release. Here are some of Avesta’s findings:
While affordable housing is clearly scarce, the number of homeless people in Maine is on the decrease, according to this recent article from the Kennebec Journal. Margaret Bean, deputy director of the Maine State Housing Authority, said recently during a United Way meeting in Augusta, that more than 7,000 Mainers were homeless at some point in 2015, but that that number has decreased by more than 700 over the past three years.
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