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Avesta Selects Yardi Voyager Affordable HousingAug 4, 2016

Yardi Voyager Affordable Housing replaces multiple programs with single platform solution for property management, accounting, compliance and more.

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Affordable Senior Housing Coming to Hampton FallsJul 21, 2016

The Meadows at Grapevine Run, an Avesta Housing development, to open next summer. More...

Avesta Tweaking Southgate PlansJul 14, 2016

Fewer, bigger units are envisioned for the Scarborough project in an effort to secure funding.

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Scarborough Affordable Housing Proposal Gets More Friendly to FamiliesJul 14, 2016

Revised project will turn historic farmhouse into affordable housing. More...

Advocates Push for $15 Million Voter-Approved Senior Housing BondJul 5, 2016

The immediate need for at least 9,000 apartments for low-income older Mainers has resulted in a stalemate between Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his Democratic adversaries. More...

Avesta Combines Healthy Living Center with Affordable HousingJul 1, 2016

409 Cumberland Avenue Apartments in Portland, Maine, features a rooftop greenhouse and a demonstration kitchen.

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Taking Affordable Housing to New "Heights"Jun 29, 2016

More affordable apartments finished in Portland.

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18-Unit Affordable Housing Complex Opens in PortlandJun 29, 2016

Thomas Heights provides homes for veterans.

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New 18-Unit Building in Portland Designed to House Low-Income VeteransJun 28, 2016

Thomas Heights is named after Thomas Ptacek, a local advocate for homeless veterans. More...

Affordable Housing Facility in Portland to Hold Grand Opening Jun 28, 2016

June 29 event will feature new, 18-unit building. More...

New Affordable Housing in Portland Has Veterans in MindJun 28, 2016

Avesta's 18-unit building on Washington Avenue is named after a formerly homeless veteran. More...

Maine Gets Another Passive-House MultifamilyJun 23, 2016

Development team looks for ways to keep costs down while accelerating construction schedule.

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Avesta Adds 18 Affordable Housing Units to PortlandJun 22, 2016

New energy-efficient building will hold Grand Opening on June 29. More...

AHF Unveils 2016 Readers' Choice Award FinalistsJun 3, 2016

The 34 projects are some of the best affordable housing developments completed in 2015 and 2016.

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South Berwick Senior Apartments Draw PraiseJun 3, 2016

The 28-unit building also features a telemedicine room. More...

Falmouth Council Approves Avesta Proposal, Pedestrian PlanMay 26, 2016

Not only will new units be created. but existing units will be renovated. More...

Urban Gardeners Plotting on the Roof, in the Streets of PortlandMay 14, 2016

Avesta's 409 Cumberland Ave is the home of Portland's first roof-top garden. More...

Affordable Housing Proposals Move Ahead in FalmouthMay 10, 2016

Town Council meeting focuses on three development projects, including Avesta's Blackstone Apartments. More...

New Affordable Housing Units Open in ExeterApr 27, 2016

Avesta Housing will host a grand opening event on May 6. More...

Portland Considers Steps to House the HomelessApr 18, 2016

A new policy would require developers who get certain public funds to set aside units for people in city-run homeless shelters. More...

Portland Business Leaders Skeptical of Policy Requiring Housing for HomelessApr 13, 2016

Proposal raises concerns for some, but is supported by others in the community. More...

How LePage Can Ease the Intolerable Waiting Game for Affordable HousingApr 2, 2016

AARP Maine advocacy volunteers speak about the challenges faced by seniors in obtaining affordable housing. More...

Senior Housing Advocates Push for Funding's ReleaseMar 30, 2016

Despite voter approval and advocacy efforts, LePage has not released senior affordable housing bond. More...

Our View: Housing Crunch Extends Beyond Portland as a Regional ProblemMar 25, 2016

Southern Maine’s economic health depends on workers’ access to reasonably priced places to live. More...

2 Falmouth Projects Propose Affordable Housing for SeniorsMar 15, 2016

Two proposals for affordable senior housing discussed at Town Council meeting. More...

Bangor, Portland Need More Affordable HousingMar 11, 2016

Bangor and Portland pursue innovative solutions to their affordable housing crunches. More...

Small-Town America Is Facing Big-City ProblemsFeb 29, 2016

From Portland, Maine to Traverse City, Michigan, many smaller U.S. cities are struggling with densification, NIMBY politics, and housing affordability.

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Maine Voters Settled Senior Housing Debate. LePage Should Respect That.Feb 27, 2016

Maine Governor won't release voter-approved bond. More...

‘Desperate Situations’: Bond to Improve Housing For Maine’s Low-Income Elderly Awaits LePage ApprovalFeb 26, 2016

At least 9,000 low-income seniors in Maine are unable to find affordable places to live. More...

Housing Needs Higher than EverFeb 9, 2016

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

NeighborWorks' Network Invests Nearly $2 Billion in Affordable Housing in 2015Jan 29, 2016

The network's rental housing portfolio exceeds 140,000 homes.

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Maine Voices: It’s Time to Take Action to Make Portland’s Housing AffordableJan 15, 2016

The market will not simply act on its own to provide enough rental units for residents at or below the median income.

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'Crown of Thorns' a Monument to Portland's Homeless WomenJan 13, 2016

Portland's "Crown of Thorns" monument is a symbol of women's struggle with homelessness.

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5 Ways to Create a Better Community RoomJan 7, 2016

Developers and architects share their ideas for creating popular community spaces.

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Tax credits to boost region’s affordable housingDec 7, 2015

Portland and Falmouth projects are among five in Maine that will share $3 million in federal credits. More...

Preble Street and Avesta Housing on TideSmart RadioNov 7, 2015

This week on TideSmart Talk, we focused on housing and homelessness in Maine. In this two-part show, Mark Swann from Preble Street joined us to describe what he, the staff, and over 6,000 volunteers do to help serve 600,000 meals annually and to people and to combat homelessness and poverty. Dana Totman of Avesta Housing described how over 3,000 seniors in Maine are seeking affordable housing, but Avesta is only able to help ~300.

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South Berwick gets 28-unit, affordable housing project for seniorsNov 2, 2015

Avesta Housing on Monday unveiled 28 new affordable apartments for seniors in downtown South Berwick. More...

House Speaker urges support for housing bondNov 2, 2015

Though a new affordable 28-unit housing development in South Berwick has yet to open, 60 people have already applied to live there.

That problem is magnified all over Maine, according to Maine House Speaker Mark Eves.

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Report: Portland on track to becoming 'top tier' sustainable cityOct 27, 2015

A environmental advocacy group todayreleased a report that it hopes will gain Portland more national recognition for its work in promoting sustainability. More...

Passage of housing bond would help Maine seniorsOct 24, 2015

Safe affordable apartments for as many as 225 low-income Mainers age 55 and older could be built if on Nov. 3 voters approve Question 2 on the state-wide referendum ballot. More...

Opponents: Question 2 would limit affordable housingOct 21, 2015

Supporters of low-income housing joined with AARP officials and homeless advocates this morning to voice their concern about a proposal to limit development in Portland. More...

Portland council votes again to approve tax deal for affordable housing in West EndSep 21, 2015

The 7-2 vote – identical to the council's vote last month – will allow Avesta Housing to use 65 percent of the development's property taxes to operate the building at 17 Carleton St. More...

Society Notebook: Portland’s uppermost green livingSep 20, 2015

The 409 Cumberland apartment community celebrates the fruits of its rooftop garden and greenhouse. More...

Web-based personal finance class to be offered Sept. 24Sep 4, 2015

Students can learn about budgeting, credit, banking and other personal finance matters. More...

Southgate House redevelopment set for approvalJul 22, 2015

Avesta Housing needs contract zone approval to redevelop the historic Southgate House in the Dunstan area of Scarborough. More...

Portland affordable-housing proposalsJun 16, 2015

West End advances, Bayside slows More...

Scarborough planners like affordable housing planJun 4, 2015

Avesta Housing’s proposal to turn the historic Southgate Farmhouse property into a 50-unit affordable housing project is moving forward. More...

How much do you need to work to afford an apartment in Maine?May 31, 2015

An analysis by BDN writer Seth Koenig More...

Nonprofit aims to convert historic Scarborough farmstead to 50 affordable apartmentsMay 7, 2015

Avesta Housing wants to convert the Southgate House in Scarborough into a 50-unit affordable housing complex. More...

At home at lastMay 1, 2015

How 2 very different Maine towns work to meet the incredible demand for senior housing More...

Housing seen as likely future for unused Portland schoolApr 28, 2015

Avesta Housing considers unused POrtland school building for affordable housing. More...

South Berwick senior housing project underwayApr 6, 2015

Construction is underway to build 28 affordable senior housing units, which will be called the Young Street Apartments in South Berwick. More...

For seniors, a high-end 
boom in Maine rental housingMar 29, 2015

As affordable housing options lag far behind, the high-end surge stands in stark contrast to the dire need for subsidized units in Maine. More...

Maine housing project gets $1M in grantsMar 3, 2015

Five affordable housing initiatives in Maine are receiving a total of more than $1 million in grants from a national nonprofit that was established by Congress. More...

Portland considers ordinance to increase affordable housingFeb 25, 2015

The proposal would require developers of 10 or more units to make at least 10 percent of those units affordable to the middle class.

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Affordable Housing Coalition releases new data on senior housing needs in Maine, joins with state legislative leaders in call for passage of Senior Housing BondFeb 11, 2015

The Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) released new research today on Maine’s senior population, housing stock and unmet senior housing needs.

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Greater Portland enduring an affordable housing crunchJan 9, 2015

Avesta Housing reports on the factors that limited the southern Maine nonprofit to helping only 11 percent of clients find homes in 2014. More...

Maine Voices: Problem of inadequate housing needs long-term, statewide solutionJan 8, 2015

Dana Totman, Avesta Housing president and CEO discusses housing challenges in this editorial. "It's time for difficult policy discussions to happen in Washington, Augusta and local communities." More...

New Portland peninsula housing remains predominantly priceyJan 6, 2015

Portland in need of affordable housing to meet the demand of its residents. More...

Ceremony marks beginning of new senior housing unit projectDec 18, 2014

A new senior housing project in South Berwick to break ground. More...

Housing for homeless planned near Morrill’s CornerNov 26, 2014

Avesta advances its efforts to get those with chronic illnesses off the streets with a proposal for a 30-unit apartment building in Portland. More...

Agency seeks tax break for Portland housing projectMay 20, 2014

The apartment building, built near the intersections with Fox and Walnut streets, would sit on lots totaling about a quarter of an acre. Rentals would be open to the public, but the agency wants to target military veterans, according to Planning Board documents. More...

Project continues trend of converting old Maine schools to new housingMay 17, 2014

The latest example of the thriving school-to-home movement was on display Friday in Westbrook as Avesta hosted its ceremonial grand opening of the $9.5 million Hyacinth Place, a 19th century parochial school and convent redeveloped into an energy-efficient 37-unit affordable housing campus. More...

City to invest in housing first approachMay 1, 2014

Avesta CEO Dana Totman, who served on the city's homelessness task force, said housing first developments are critical in getting people transitioned from shelters into permanent housing. He said the proposed project would be Avesta's third housing first model development and the group is actively looking for sites and taking other preliminary steps. More...

Avesta wants to raze one building, then raise another Apr 24, 2014

The Portland nonprofit proposes replacing a modest single-family home with a complex of 18 units to help alleviate a 'crisis' in affordable rents. More...

Avesta proposes more senior housing in PortlandApr 1, 2014

Avesta Housing is proposing a new development at the end of Powsland Street, off of Congress Street in Portland. More...

Maine Advocates Underscore Affordable Housing Need in Monthly ReportMar 10, 2014

Avesta Housing (Avesta), a founding member of NLIHC State Coalition Partner, the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC), launched the inaugural edition of its Affordable Housing Activity Report. More...

Q+A with Development Officer Greg Payne of Avesta Housing’s Oak Street LoftsDec 2, 2013

The first affordable multifamily building in Maine to achieve LEED Platinum certification, Avesta’s Oak Street Lofts were designed and built by CWS Architects and Wright-Ryan Construction, with sustainability consulting by Thornton Tomasetti. More...

Seniors celebrate opening of Stonecrest apartmentsOct 15, 2013

A harvest luncheon at Stonecrest in Standish last Friday brought residents and community leaders together to celebrate the early March completion of Avesta Housing’s development of 25 affordable, energy-efficient apartments that were built for low-income seniors and disabled adults. More...

Residents of new housing development for low-income elders celebrate ‘cozy porches’ and ‘a sense of being home’Oct 6, 2013

“I’ve lived here for only four months, and I’ve met so many nice people here,” said resident Avis Goodwin, one of the lucky applicants to earn a slot. “Happy people walking their dogs, people waving to you from their cozy little porches. It gives you a sense of being home.” More...

Bayside housing would be built on tax creditsJul 30, 2013

The apartments would provide housing to individuals and families who earn between $18,000 and $45,000 a year. More...

Historic School Now Serving SeniorsJul 26, 2013

Affordable Housing Finance 2013 Readers' Choice Awards
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Avesta marks the opening of Pearl Place IIJun 11, 2013

After nearly a decade, Avesta Housing finally reached its goal of creating 100 new housing units in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood with the opening of Pearl Place II. More...

Never too late to paint: Nursing home painters snag gallery show in PortlandJun 8, 2013

Michelle Michaud saw the residents' paintings while visiting her grandmother at Marshwood and recommended the pieces go on display in the gallery space at Oak Street Lofts in Portland, where she lives. More...

MEREDA Celebrates Real Estate Development in Maine and Recognizes 2012 Top Notable ProjectsJun 1, 2013

Honorees included: Ocean Properties, Ltd. for the West Street Hotel in Bar Harbor, Avesta Housing for Oak Street Lofts in Portland, Park Street School in Kennebunk, and Emery School in Biddeford, The Szanton Company for The Lofts at Bates Mill in Lewiston, and the University of New England for the Harold Alfond Forum in Biddeford. More...

CEO Dana Totman gets Avesta in gearApr 2, 2013

"In all my positions throughout my career, I've tried to take an organization to another, better place," says Totman. More...

Looking up on the HillFeb 25, 2013

Allowing neighborhoods to deteriorate so rents stay cheap, though, is not a good way to provide affordable housing, says Jeff Levine, director of the city's Planning and Urban Development Department. A better way, he says, is to support initiatives like the Avesta Housing project at the former Adams School site.

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Second phase of affordable Pearl Place housing complex the latest addition to Portland’s Bayside neighborhoodFeb 17, 2013

The Avesta projects promise to fulfill an area need for “multifamily residential housing,” which a 2000 city approved redevelopment vision for the neighborhood called “a critical component of an urban district.” More...

Maine developers lead the effort to reuse shuttered schoolsOct 29, 2012

"We embrace 'smart growth' principles," says Dana Totman. "We want to build housing in the center of communities."
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Park Street School Apartments openSep 20, 2012

"I'm home," said Maddy Brannen, looking at the names of her children and grandchildren written on a chalkboard in her new Park Street School apartment — a remnant of the classroom that was once there. More...

Homespun art from the urban coreSep 6, 2012

Two First Friday Art Walk openings feature the works of Portland artists who could follow the motto: Artists who live together, create compelling art together. Oak Street Lofts, an Avesta Housing affordable housing complex catering to artists which opened at the beginning of this year.

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Developers transform abandoned schools into affordable housingJun 26, 2012

Old schools were built in prime locations in or near downtowns so children could easily walk to school. That concept still applies today, allowing seniors and other residents to walk to stores and services, says Dana Totman, president of Avesta Housing in Portland, Maine. The nonprofit is adapting two schools into affordable housing this year to add to the four it has completed.

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Portland housing developers struggle to meet market needsFeb 21, 2012

"We like doing innovative, niche-type housing," says Totman. "There are too many people living in sub-standard housing or paying too much of their income [for housing]. There is a fundamental mismatch to what our housing supply is to what our population requires." More...

Housing strategy pays off in WestbrookJan 26, 2012

Avesta Housing, based in Portland, is planning to renovate two buildings once used by St. Hyacinth Church, turning both into complexes offering one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments to lower-income families, according to Deborah Keller, director of programs at Avesta. More...

So. Berwick council meets with Avesta on senior housing planJan 22, 2012

A proposed Young Street housing complex for the elderly would require a zoning change to allow more residential units per building, officials determined Tuesday at a workshop with Avesta Housing.

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Avesta’s 8 low-income housing projects estimated to add 250 homes, cost $55MJan 12, 2012

A flurry of construction in the Portland area will provide new housing options for the area’s low-income residents.  Oak Street Lofts is just one of eight Avesta Housing projects either in the queue or in various stages of construction. More...

'A fundamental mismatch to the supply of housing'Aug 23, 2011

It’s been a busy summer for Avesta Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer that currently has eight projects underway from Portland to Kennebunk.

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Housing developer seeks different shade of green for Portland-funded projectJul 15, 2011

Avesta Housing wants the city to waive a requirement for energy efficiency certification at the Mirada Adams School property on Munjoy Hill.    If granted, the waiver would be third under the ordinance, which was adopted two years ago. More...

'Affordable,' artist-oriented apartment building planned for Oak Street in PortlandFeb 16, 2010

An affordable housing developer is planning to build a 37-unit apartment building in the Arts District, and is targeting artists for tenants. More...

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