PORTLAND – Logan Place, a development providing housing for chronically homeless individuals, has been awarded the 12th Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award by the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition of Washington, D.C. Logan Place was developed by a partnership of Avesta Housing and Preble Street, both of Portland Maine.
On March 24th 2005, Logan Place opened its doors for 30 people who were chronically homeless, often with substance abuse and mental health issues that disabled them greatly. The 30 residents at Logan Place are "home for good." All are home for good after living at the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland Maine on floor mats ten inches from their neighbor, on average for six years. And since Logan Place opened its doors, the shelter has not implemented its overflow plan for one night.
Dana Totman, Avesta's President, received the award on behalf of Logan Place, its residents and its service provider, Preble Street, in a ceremony at 1:00 on June 7th, 2006 on Capitol Hill.
Logan Place won the award for best Special Needs Housing, competing against 56 entries from 26 states. The award comes with a $5,000 grant to bring additional services, facilities or amenities to the development
Avesta's mission is to promote and provide housing opportunities for Southern Maine people in need. Avesta advocates for affordable housing, develops and manages high quality rental housing, and helps residents access other supportive services.
The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition plays a major role in assuring the continuance of the low-income housing tax credit. The Coalition was founded in 1988 with the primary goal of achieving permanent extension of the low-income housing tax credit program.