PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland's Bayside neighborhood is in the midst of a transformation which includes more affordable housing.
Wednesday was the "official" opening of Pearl Place, a 60 unit housing complex owned by Avesta Housing. City officials say it's another step in the right direction as the need for affordable housing continues to grow.
But the present is bleak. There are thousands of Mainers struggling to pay the rent.
Dana Totman, of Avesta Housing, said, "Unfortunately with the cost of energy, the cost of housing is going to stay high and people's incomes are simply not rising. It's really an affordability problem. And there are hundreds and hundreds on all of our waiting lists."
Avesta Housing has about 1,400 housing units in 50 different developments in Southern Maine. They'll open two others this fall, one in South Portland, the other in Kennebunk.
You can find out more about Avesta Housing on the agency's website, www.avestahousing.org or by calling 1-800-339-6516