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Housing Needs Higher than Ever

Survey finds that need for affordable housing is at all an all-time high.

Bangor Daily 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:

  • In 2015, 3,348 people sought housing from Avesta, representing a 9 percent increase from 2014.
  • The largest increase in housing requests came from people 55 or older, with an increase of 163 over 2014.
  • Primarily because of new units that were created, Avesta was able to find housing for 28 percent more applicants in 2015 than it did the previous year but still had more than 2,200 people on its waitlists.

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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