For Immediate Release
February 21, 2017
Contact: Sara Olson, Development and Communications Manager
Cell: 207-317-3914; Email: email@example.com
Affordable Housing Needs Spike as Practitioners Brace for Trump Administration Cuts
Portland, MAINE — Avesta Housing’s January 2017 affordable housing request data show that last month Avesta received 369 requests for affordable housing, up 30% over January 2016 when 283 households made requests and 48% over January 2015 when 250 households made requests.
Avesta Housing, a nonprofit affordable-housing provider serving southern Maine and New Hampshire, has experienced significant increases in housing requests since it started tracking this data in 2014. The monthly average number of requests grew significantly over the past three years:
Year Average # of housing requests monthly
While demand for Avesta’s apartments continues to grow, the lack of financing available to create more affordable housing means that the supply remains inadequate. As a result, Avesta was only able to provide housing to 35 households in the month of January. Avesta Housing President & CEO Dana Totman elaborates, “In the face of growing unmet needs for affordable rental housing across Maine and the country, we are very concerned about the prospect of cuts to the federal housing budget, which is already woefully inadequate.” The Trump Administration is expected to release its initial budget proposal within the next few weeks.