Little snappers hatch at Fox

PARIS — The lawn of Fox Apartments, owned and operated by Avesta Housing, was full of new life Friday, Sept. 20, as freshly hatched snapping turtles emerged from their nests and began a quest to the Little Androscoggin River. This wasn’t the first time turtles have used the former school property as a nursery.

Carol Fanjoy, the building’s first apartment resident, spent ten years working as a custodian at the school.  When Fanjoy first moved in last April, she spoke of a mama turtle that had come up from the Little Androscoggin River one year to make a nest and lay eggs on what had been the playground.

This past June, residents noticed a snapping turtle digging holes and laying eggs on the lawn of the apartment complex. Management asked the maintenance worker, Jesse LaRue, to mark the areas so they wouldn’t be disturbed. Seven potential nests were identified and fenced in, LaRue said. Then the waiting for babies began.

Sun Journal

LIHTC Financing to Help Redevelop Maine Property

Boston Capital is investing in the preservation and redevelopment of Deering Place, a 75-unit mixed-income development for families and individuals in Portland, Maine.

The latest project by Portland-based nonprofit Avesta Housing, Deering Place will serve families earning 50% or less of the area median income.

“Deering Place represents our 14th investment with our partner Dana Totman and our friends at Avesta Housing,” said Jack Manning, president and CEO of Boston Capital. “Given the market’s incredible demand for affordable housing, we’re excited to be involved in the preservation, redevelopment, and expansion of housing in the historic Parkside neighborhood in downtown Portland.”

Affordable Housing Finance

South Portland to expand affordable housing 10% by 2025

SOUTH PORTLAND — Officials are contemplating increasing the city’s lower- and middle-income housing stock by 10% within six years.

According to the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the number and location of households in the region struggling with the cost of housing is rising, with the burden falling heavily on the senior population. Travel between home and work has also increased, generating more expense to commuting households.

“There are many factors to why it’s an issue, and we should recognize that population growth is needed for economic stability,” said City Councilor Susan Henderson at a Sept. 24 workshop. “We’re going to lose workforce, there will be less births and less younger people coming in … we’re not going to be able to maintain our status quo economically unless we address that.”

The Forecaster

100 businesses make Maine ‘Best Places to Work’ list

The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management has announced the winners in the 14th annual “Best Places to Work in Maine” program, and this year’s list comprises 100 businesses, the most ever.

The Best Places to Work in Maine list recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. The organization that manages the program, Best Companies Group, gathered information from all registered organizations including employee benefits, workplace policies and employee responses to a comprehensive satisfaction survey.

Participating companies receive an employee feedback report in an effort to help them improve their scores. The report summarizes employee engagement and satisfaction data and includes employees’ written comments. The report is used by many organizations to make significant improvements in their workplace culture.


United Way of Greater Portland unveils $6.8M of community investments

United Way of Greater Portland on Thursday unveiled $6.8 million worth of community investments planned for its fiscal year 2020. The list of recipients includes Avesta Housing, the LearningWorks after-school program and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.

Investments in community partners are made based on expert advice and under the direction of local volunteers.

More than 45 volunteers, using rigorous criteria, spent more than 600 combined hours evaluating requests and ensuring grants were distributed objectively and aligned to make the greatest impact on long-term goals laid out in a plan known as Thrive2027.


NBT Bank donates $10,000 to Avesta Housing

NBT Bank donates $10,000 to Avesta Housing

NBT Bank has donated $10,000 to nonprofit Avesta Housing to support both the Avesta NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center and Avesta initiatives to increase and improve affordable housing for individuals and families.

The NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center provides classes for first-time homebuyers to make more informed purchase decisions, while the HomeOwnership Center provides free counseling for homeowners at risk of foreclosure and Avesta residents wanting to develop financial literacy and improve personal financial management.

Portland Press Herald

Energy-efficient housing for long-term social inclusion

PORTLAND, United States (CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR) – Rubbing their hands and breathing dragon smoke into the cold air, residents rush inside the bright green building.

The temperature outside has barely hit double digits Fahrenheit, so the warm lobby inside Bayside Anchor, a low-income apartment building in Portland, Maine (United States), is a happy reprieve.

The lobby is also an architectural feat, as Bayside Anchor has no centralised heating system.

It is a certified “passive house,” which means the building has airtight insulation and thick windows to keep the interior warm and heating costs low.

The Straits Times

Norway Savings Bank receives award

Dana Totman, president and CEO of Avesta, presents the 14th annual Mike Yandell Award to Pat Weigel, president and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. The award, which is named for the late Avesta Housing board chairman and banking industry leader, recognizes an individual or organization for their service and dedication to the affordable housing industry. The ceremony took place June 4 at the opening of the Fox School Apartments senior affordable housing complex in South Paris.

Sun Journal

Norway Savings Bank Receives Mike Yandell Award from Avesta Housing

Norway, ME – Norway Savings Bank has received Avesta Housing’s 14th annual Mike Yandell Award.  The Award, which is named for the late Avesta Housing board chair and banking industry leader, recognizes an individual or organization for their service and dedication to the affordable housing industry.

Dana Totman, Avesta President and CEO, presented the award to Patricia Weigel, Norway Savings Bank President and CEO, at a ceremony celebrating the opening of the Fox School Apartments senior affordable housing complex in South Paris on June 4, 2019.

“We are very appreciative of the award and our intent is always to do what’s right in our communities. It’s at the heart of what we do.” said Weigel.  “The lack of affordable housing is a crisis in Maine.  When thousands of people are on waiting lists for a safe, affordable place to live, it’s incumbent on all of us to do our part.”19

Norway Savings Bank

Back to school: Avesta Housing formally opens senior complex in Paris

PARIS — Bonnie Ripley spent a combined 30 years at Mildred M. Fox School as a student and later an educational technician.

She was among those on the grounds of the former school to attend the formal opening Tuesday of Avesta Housing’s new 12-unit senior housing complex.

Ripley walked through the building on East Main Street, each room a memory.

“They’ve done a wonderful job,” she said, of keeping the historic interior and spirit of the school alive.

Sun Journal