Avesta CEO Dana Totman sees Maine’s affordable housing need as greatest in 50 years

Dana Totman, who will soon retire as president and CEO of affordable housing developer Avesta Housing, on Wednesday said the need for such homes in Maine is at a historic level — and big changes in zoning, funding and attitudes are critical.

“The need for affordable housing is far greater than any time in Avesta’s 50-year history,” said Totman, who was the keynote at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues event. “The mismatch [in housing and incomes] we have today is far worse than what we had 50 years ago.”