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Press Releases

Press Releases

Affordable Housing Needs Spike as Practitioners Brace for Trump Administration CutsFeb 21, 2017

Avesta Housing’s January 2017 affordable housing request data show a large increase over the previous January's requests. More...

Avesta Housing Reports Housing Needs Up in 2016Feb 1, 2017

Avesta Housing has released new data describing the demand for and availability of its apartments over the past three years. More...

Local group offers veterans a free seminar on VA LoansJan 23, 2017

This free seminar for veterans is designed to help them understand VA loans. More...

Avesta Housing presents 2016 Mike Yandell Award to the Portland Housing AuthorityJan 12, 2017

Avesta Housing has awarded its 2016 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to the Portland Housing Authority.
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Seventy Five State Street and Avesta Housing join forces in their Senior Residential CommunitiesJan 6, 2017

Seventy-Five State Street and Avesta Housing start the New Year with a new collaboration.

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Avesta Housing to Host Grand Opening of Newest Affordable Housing in PortlandJun 28, 2016

Event featuring the 18-unit efficiency building will take place June 29. More...

409 Cumberland in Portland Recognized for National Excellence in Affordable HousingJun 8, 2016

Prestigious Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award Presented to Avesta Housing for 409 Cumberland

 

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Avesta Housing Celebrates New Senior Affordable Housing with PartnersJun 7, 2016

The Grand Opening for Young Street Apartments, a senior affordable housing community, took place on June 3. Avesta was joined by partners and neighbors as they celebrated this exceptional property nestled in the heart of downtown South Berwick, Maine. More...

Nonprofit to Celebrate the Opening of New Affordable Housing in ExeterMay 5, 2016

Avesta Will Celebrate the Opening of its Newest Affordable Housing in New Hampshire More...

Housing Needs Up in 2015Feb 8, 2016

Avesta Housing Reports Housing Needs Up 9% in 2015; Senior Households Represent Largest Share of Increase More...

Avesta Housing Wins Annual TD Charitable Foundation Housing for Everyone Affordable Housing Grant Competition, Awarded $100,000 for Blackstone ApartmentsDec 24, 2015

TD Charitable Foundation Awards $100,000 to Avesta Housing More...

Unveiling of new affordable senior housing in South Berwick coincides with statewide housing bond vote Nov 2, 2015

Avesta Housing is today celebrating 28 new, energy-efficient, affordable apartments for seniors in downtown South Berwick and highlighting a new partnership with York Hospital to provide health care services to prospective residents.

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Avesta Housing appoints new members to its board of directorsSep 10, 2015

Avesta Housing has appointed new appointments to its board of directors.

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Employees honored by Avesta HousingSep 8, 2015

Avesta Housing recently honored the exemplary service and dedication of its employees. Avesta’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities by promoting and providing quality affordable homes for people in need.

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Avesta Housing announces new hiresSep 1, 2015

Avesta Housing, northern New England’s largest nonprofit affordable housing developer and property manager, has recently hired several people. More...

409 Cumberland grand openingAug 24, 2015

On Tuesday, August 12, Avesta Housing welcomed over 125 funders, dignitaries, friends and neighbors to the grand opening of its latest achievement in affordable housing – 409 Cumberland. More...

Avesta Housing presents 2015 Mike Yandell Award to Portland Press HeraldAug 18, 2015

Avesta Housing has awarded its 2015 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to the Portland Press Herald.

Avesta Housing has awarded its 2015 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to the Portland Press Herald. Avesta president Dana Totman presented the award to Portland Press Herald editorial page editor Greg Kesich at the grand opening of Avesta’s newest affordable housing property – 409 Cumberland – on August 12. Avesta chose the Portland Press Herald because of its reporting and editorial coverage of the affordable housing crisis in Portland and southern Maine. In the past year, the Portland Press Herald covered affordable housing topics ranging from the challenges our seniors face living safely and warmly, the needs of those that are homeless, the need to assist asylum seekers and immigrants, the problems associated with anti-growth mindsets, the unfairness of letting mortgage deduction tax credits trump needed rental assistance and the simple need to create housing that is more affordable.

In presenting the award, Totman talked about how affordable housing competes with other social issues, but how strong the need is to shine a light on this critical issue. He noted the “The Challenge of our Age” special series by Kelly Bouchard and others as integral to highlighting our need for senior housing. Totman explained, “The Portland Press Herald has helped pave the way to getting the resources and increasing the supporters necessary to provide more affordable housing.”

About the Mike Yandell Award

Since 2005, Avesta Housing has recognized an individual or organization for their service and dedication to the affordable housing industry. The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank, who is remembered for his commitment to improving the community.

Past honorees of the Mike Yandell Award

2014 Jess Maurer, Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging

2013 John Ryan, Wright Ryan Construction

2012 USDA Rural Development, Maine State Office

2011 Gorham Savings Bank

2010 The Genesis Fund

2009 Ben Walter, CWS Architects

2008 John Gallagher, Westbrook Housing Authority

2007 David Bronson, TD Bank

2006 Northern New England Housing Investment Fund

2005 Preble Street Resource Center

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Avesta Housing presents 2014 Mike Yandell Award to Jess Maurer of Maine Association of Area Agencies on AgingJan 5, 2015

Avesta Housing has awarded the 2014 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to Jess Maurer, executive director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging. More...

Avesta Housing appoints Tony Cipollone to board of directorsJan 2, 2015

Avesta Housing has appointed Tony Cipollone to its board of directors. Cipollone is the president and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation, which advances ideas and opportunities that can improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Maine. More...

Abstract art by Zoo Cain featured for First Friday Art walk at Oak Street LoftsNov 26, 2014

Artist Zoo Cain will be showing his abstract artwork Friday, Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Oak Street Lofts gallery. More...

Avesta HomeOwnership Center awarded $20,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable FoundationSep 23, 2014

The Avesta HomeOwnership Center has received $20,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the center’s programs to assist Maine home buyers and homeowners.

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Avesta Housing celebrates the grand opening of the Adams School CondominiumsJul 25, 2014

Project provides affordable homeownership opportunities on Portland’s Munjoy Hill

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Avesta HomeOwnership Center receives $3,000 from People’s United Community FoundationJul 1, 2014

The Avesta HomeOwnership Center has received $3,000 from the People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, to further the center’s work to help Maine home buyers and homeowners. More...

Avesta Housing celebrates the grand opening of Hyacinth PlaceMay 20, 2014

Through a combination of historic reuse and new construction, Avesta, along with Developers Collaborative, created new homes for Maine families and preserved the historically and culturally significant St. Hyacinth school and convent buildings. More...

Mixed-media show happening Friday at Oak Street LoftsMay 1, 2014

"I love color, which is why I love to use paint, because I feel it has such a vibrant look to it.” More...

Oak Street Lofts hosts artists from Running With Scissors for First Friday Art WalkApr 2, 2014

Resident artists with Bayside studio collective Running With Scissors will be showing their work Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m. at Oak Street Lofts gallery. More...

Westbrook painter explores “Fluidity” at Oak Street LoftsMar 5, 2014

Entitled “Fluidity,” the show features acrylic paintings on canvas and wood inspired by nature and love. More...

Avesta Housing releases key data on demand for affordable homesFeb 20, 2014

Avesta Housing has released its first monthly Affordable Housing Activity Report, which provides key information about the local demand for affordable homes. More...

Collaboration between Maine College of Art and Bayside East seniors featured at Oak Street LoftsFeb 5, 2014

A class of Maine College of Art students spent their fall semester with a group of residents at Bayside East, an affordable housing community for seniors, to create art inspired by the residents’ special objects. The students created 11 original prints based on the stories and memories shared by the residents.

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TD Charitable Foundation Supports Avesta HomeOwnership Center with Donation Dec 18, 2013

“Avesta appreciates the continued support of the TD Charitable Foundation,” said President and CEO Dana Totman. “This funding will help us create sustainable homeownership opportunities for Maine families and strengthen our communities.” More...

Avesta Housing announces new hiresDec 2, 2013

Avesta Housing, northern New England’s largest nonprofit affordable housing developer, has recently hired several people. More...

Portland artist Deb Barth featured at Oak Street Lofts in NovemberOct 31, 2013

Deb Barth has a style that can only be described as looking at life through a kaleidoscope. Vibrant colors and patterns create powerful images that leave the eye wanting more. More...

Don’t Getcha Hopes Up Art Show highlights skateboard and snowboard sceneOct 2, 2013

The local skateboarding and snowboarding scene is the focus of this Friday’s show at Oak Street Lofts gallery, which is open for First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m.

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Avesta’s Pearl Place II earns LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building CouncilSep 13, 2013

“Pearl Place II continues our legacy of building sustainable, energy-efficient homes for Mainers,” said Avesta President and CEO Dana Totman. “Efficient buildings are more durable, cost less to operate and provide a safer, healthier place for our residents to live.” More...

Campers’ artwork on display Friday at Oak Street LoftsSep 3, 2013

Artwork made by children at Camp Sokokis in Biddeford will be on display for First Friday Art Walk on Friday, September 6 from 5-8 p.m. More...

Avesta HomeOwnership Center offers Homebuyer Education CoursesAug 22, 2013

So far this year, the HomeOwnership Center has helped more than 120 people navigate the home-buying process through the Homebuyer Education Course. More...

Deutsche Bank and Enterprise Community Partners Announce Lowering the Cost of Housing WinnersAug 9, 2013

Top Projects in Portland, Maine, and Austin, Texas

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Paintings, drawings and more on display at Oak Street Lofts in AugustJul 26, 2013

Paintings, drawings, photography and other work by two Oak Street Lofts resident artists will be on display Friday, August 2 from 5-8 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk. More...

New partnership aligns Avesta Housing and Habitat for Humanity of Greater PortlandJul 24, 2013

“Our organizations have a similar mission: to provide sustainable homeownership opportunities to people who need them,” said David Stolt, Home Ownership Services Manager at Avesta Housing. “Research shows that homebuyers who receive pre-purchase housing counseling are one-third less likely to fall behind on their mortgage payments. This partnership gives buyers the knowledge they need to be successful homeowners and contributors to their communities.” More...

Park Street School named a finalist in Affordable Housing Finance Magazine Readers’ Choice AwardsJul 18, 2013

Avesta Housing’s Park Street School in Kennebunk has been named a finalist in the 2013 Affordable Housing Finance Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards in the category of Rural Housing. More...

Children’s art explores the meaning of communityJul 1, 2013

The theme of the Children’s Community Art Project is, “What do you enjoy about living in your community?” More...

Avesta Housing celebrates the grand opening of Pearl Place IIJun 14, 2013

Avesta Housing on Monday celebrated the grand opening of Pearl Place II, a 54-apartment affordable housing community in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. More...

Avesta Housing presents 2013 Mike Yandell Award to John Ryan of Wright-Ryan ConstructionJun 12, 2013

"John Ryan is a true professional, an accomplished business owner, a tremendous leader, and someone who takes the success of each and every project seriously." More...

Partnership brings art made by seniors to Oak Street LoftsJun 4, 2013

Friday’s gallery show is the result of a collaboration between Oak Street Lofts resident Michelle Michaud and the Marshwood Center. Michelle was visiting her grandmother at the Marshwood Center and saw the residents’ art on display. She approached the Center about a gallery showing at Oak Street Lofts. More...

Oak Street Lofts Gallery show celebrates the sunMay 1, 2013

The gallery at Oak Street Lofts will feature the work of resident artist Ingrid Grins on Friday, May 3, from 5-8 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk. More...

Oak Street Lofts wins Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in Green HousingApr 24, 2013

Oak Street Lofts, a LEED Platinum-certified affordable housing community in Portland developed and owned by Avesta Housing, has been named the winner of the 19th annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards in the category of Green Housing. More...

Oak Street Lofts gallery to feature Ukrainian eggsApr 1, 2013

The work of Oak Street Lofts resident Tanya Zivkovic will be on display for First Friday Art Walk Friday, April 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery. The show will feature Zivkovic's photography, collage and Ukrainian eggs. More...

Avesta HomeOwnership Center announces Homebuyer Education CourseMar 27, 2013

The course is designed to assist people in all stages of the home-buying process: renters who want to determine if home-buying is right for them, first-time homebuyers who need to learn more about the process, and current owners who are refinancing their homes. More...

Bayside Anchor affordable housing project finalist in national competitionMar 15, 2013

A proposed multi-family housing development in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood has been selected as one of four finalists in a national competition aimed at finding innovative ways to lower the cost of housing. More...

Avesta Housing announces board appointmentsMar 12, 2013

Avesta Housing has announced the following appointments to its board of directors More...

“Other Hand” exhibit on display at Oak Street Lofts galleryFeb 26, 2013

A collection of work made by local artists using their non-dominant hands will be on display Friday, March 1, from 5-9 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk. More...

Woodworking, photography on display Friday at Oak Street LoftsJan 29, 2013

Two local artists will display their work Friday, Feb. 1, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk. More...

Avesta Housing President and CEO Dana Totman Receives MEREDA Robert B. Patterson Jr. Founder’s AwardJan 25, 2013

The Maine Real Estate and Development Association has named Avesta Housing President and CEO Dana Totman the 2012 recipient of the Robert B. Patterson Jr. Founder’s Award. More...

Greg Payne named to Genesis Community Loan Fund Board of DirectorsDec 20, 2012

Greg Payne, a Development Officer at Avesta Housing, has been named to the board of directors of the Genesis Community Loan Fund. More...

Avesta Housing welcomes new staff membersDec 7, 2012

Avesta Housing has recently hired several new staff members to its administrative, property management and finance departments. More...

Stiletto still life photography on display Friday at Oak Street LoftsDec 4, 2012

A photography exhibit of stiletto shoes will be on display Friday, Dec. 7, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk. More...

Avesta Housing Wins Annual TD Charitable Foundation Housing for Everyone Affordable Housing Grant Competition, Awarded $100,000 to Improve Accessibility at Logan Place Nov 30, 2012

The grant funding will fund accessibility improvements that will allow residents who require wheelchairs, walkers or oxygen tanks to live safely and independently, which in turn will boost their confidence and sense of self-worth and increase their chances of living successfully in long-term housing. More...

Avesta Housing celebrates grand opening of Park Street School apartments for seniorsNov 20, 2012

"Today Park Street School is embarking on a new era of service to the community." More...

U.S. Green Building Council names Avesta Housing its 2012 Outstanding Affordable Developer for Oak Street LoftsNov 19, 2012

“Avesta is committed to making smart, strategic investments that extend the lives of their facilities, lower operating costs and improve the lives of their residents." More...

Avesta Housing presents 2012 Mike Yandell Award to USDA Rural Development Maine State OfficeNov 13, 2012

Avesta Housing has awarded the 2012 Mike Yandell Award for extraordinary work in the field of affordable housing to the Maine State Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. More...

Dana Totman hosts group of affordable housing peers from around the countryNov 1, 2012

Avesta President Dana Totman recently hosted five affordable housing professionals from around the country to tour some of Avesta's properties and share best practices for providing safe, decent affordable housing. More...

Oil and watercolor work on display Friday at Oak Street LoftsOct 29, 2012

The public is invited to view a show of oil and watercolor art on display Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk. More...

Redevelopment of former Emery School into senior housing celebrated in BiddefordOct 16, 2012

Avesta Housing, along with our partners and community members, on Thursday celebrated the grand reopening of Emery School, which is now home to 24 affordable apartments for people 55 and older. More...

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation donates $15,000 to Avesta Housing’s Home Ownership CenterOct 15, 2012

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation recently contributed $15,000 to Avesta Housing to further the work of Avesta’s new Home Ownership Center. More...

Creepy creatures and crazy characters on display at Oak Street Lofts for First Friday Art WalkOct 2, 2012

The surreal and the strange will be on display Friday, Oct. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk. More...

Avesta’s Cascade Brook fills need for affordable senior housing in SacoOct 2, 2012

Avesta Housing on Sept. 26 celebrated the grand opening of Cascade Brook, a new, 30-apartment affordable community in Saco for residents 55 and older. More...

TD Charitable Foundation supports Avesta Housing’s Home Ownership Center with donationSep 20, 2012

The TD Charitable Foundation, funded by TD Bank, recently contributed $25,000 to Avesta Housing in Cumberland County as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community. More...

Avesta celebrates construction of affordable homes on Munjoy HillSep 18, 2012

More than 80 people turned out Thursday, Sept. 13, to the former Marada Adams School site on Munjoy Hill to celebrate the construction of Avesta Housing’s 16 condominiums.

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Oak Street Lofts to showcase mixed-media work for First Friday Art WalkSep 5, 2012

The art gallery at Oak Street Lofts will open Friday, Sept. 7, from 5-8 p.m. as part of the city’s First Friday Art Walk. More...

Avesta Housing hires Mindy Woerter as communications managerAug 20, 2012

Avesta Housing has hired Mindy Woerter as its new communications manager.

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Avesta Housing awarded $20,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation for new Home Ownership CenterAug 10, 2012

Avesta Housing, northern New England’s largest nonprofit affordable housing developer, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its new Home Ownership Center. More...

Portland Man Honored for Management of Gorham Senior HousingJul 17, 2012

Georges said of receiving the recognition “The work that we do is inspiring.  I am glad to be part of such a noble mission, helping thousands of people find a home that they can afford.”

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Avesta Wins Approval for Senior Housing in South BerwickJul 13, 2012

After more than six months of discussions and negotiations, voters in South Berwick have given the go-ahead for the development of a new 28-unit apartment building for seniors. More...

Norway Savings Bank Provides Financial Support to Avesta for Home Buyer Education ProgramJun 8, 2012

"Our partnership with Norway Savings Bank allows us to provide services that are vital for sustaining homeownership," said Dana Totman, President of Avesta Housing. "Services that until now were not widely available outside the city of Portland." More...

New Managers Join Property Management TeamJun 5, 2012

For four decades, Avesta Housing has worked to stand out from other organizations with a visionary approach and high standards for our housing and interactions with the community. In our continued effort to provide superior support to our residents and Southern Mainers in need, Avesta is proud to announce two new additions to our Property Management team. More...

Grand Opening of Avesta Housing's Oak Street Lofts Set for FridayMay 31, 2012

Mayor Michael Brennan, Maine Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors and other local and state officials will join Avesta Housing on Friday for the grand opening of the Oak Street Lofts, Avesta’s newest development of 37 energy efficient, affordable homes. More...

Avesta Housing Announces Hire for New Home Ownership CenterMay 25, 2012

"Successful, sustainable homeownership begins with educated consumers who have the tools, capacity and options to make good choices when it comes to buying a home, obtaining a mortgage and maintaining their homes," said Stolt. More...

Dana Totman graduates from NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence in Community Development ProgramApr 4, 2012

 “The opportunity to participate in this program as CEO of Avesta Housing was extremely helpful. It provided numerous tools and regular coaching as I worked to forge new approaches,” said Totman. More...

Avesta Welcomes New StaffMar 28, 2012

Avesta Housing is an agency on the forefront of the affordable housing market. For the past forty years, Avesta has made a name for itself providing opportunities to Mainers in need. As we continue to move forward, we are pleased to announce several new hires who will join Avesta in promoting and providing housing opportunities primarily for Southern Maine people in need. More...

Avesta Board of Directors Elects OfficersMar 20, 2012

A slate of officers were re-elected at the March 2012 Avesta Board meeting.

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Maine Affordable Housing Coalition is Honored with the Sustaining Community AwardFeb 29, 2012

"We are very happy to be able to recognize MAHC's work to support affordable housing throughout the state, and to have this opportunity to bring public awareness to this valuable work and the continuing need," said Laura Buxbaum, CEI's Director for Housing Resource and Policy Development. More...

Oak Street Lofts Opens, To Host Open House During First Friday Art WalkFeb 1, 2012

"This latest addition to the arts district is a continuation of the momentum that Maine College of Art initiated when it moved into the Porteous Building 15 years ago," says Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Public Relations for MECA. "The Arts District is now a destination for living, working, and playing. By providing artist-friendly efficiency apartments on the peninsula, Avesta is serving a critical need for affordable housing while also enhancing the national reputation of Portland's thriving arts scene."

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