Report suggests changes to local zoning to expand affordable housing

PORTLAND — A surging population and highly-competitive market continues to drive up the cost of housing in Maine.

Despite flurries of developments throughout the state, housing advocates have seen demand far out-pace available supply of affordable units.

“Fundamentally I think what we have in our state is a mismatch of the housing we have is not the housing we need,” said Dana Totman, CEO of non-profit developer Avesta Housing.