Nonprofit Profile: Avesta Housing



Avesta’s new maintenance facility centralized and efficient

It took a while for Avesta Housing Development Corp. to find the right property to establish a centralized maintenance facility.

But a 12,000-square-foot industrial building at 2257 West Broadway in South Portland is expected to fill the bill, once some renovations are completed.

Avesta Housing, a nonprofit provider of affordable housing in southern Maine and New Hampshire that manages about 100 affordable housing properties, bought the property from Passage Properties LLC for $1.45 million.


Medicine’s new virtual reality: Telehealth is poised for further growth in Maine

Home has been lonely during the pandemic for 73-year-old Portland resident Mary Gagnon, but a bit less so thanks to regular check-ins with a virtual medical care team through a touch-screen tablet and phone calls.

“It’s easy to use, and the fact that you’re being observed without any intrusion I think is great,” she says of the device that helps her manage chronic conditions including heart trouble, diabetes, COPD, arthritis and fibryomyalgia.

Multiple times a day, she’s asked how she feels and about her breathing, and gets reminders about when to take her temperature, use an oximeter to measure blood-oxygen levels and when to take different medications.


Thomaston considering two housing proposals for town green

THOMASTON, Maine — Voters in Thomaston will be deciding the fate of two housing development proposals Tuesday that could help broaden the town’s tax base and provide housing for both older adults and people with disabilities.

Both development projects are slated for Thomaston Green, which was the site of the former Maine State Prison, but is now an open greenspace. The town has been looking for ways to develop the space in a way that would economically benefit the town for about the last decade.

Town officials say the proposals going before voters this week would achieve development goals the town has been searching for.

Bangor Daily News

84 companies named Maine’s ‘best places to work’

Despite changes in the workplace brought on by the pandemic, the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management has named 84 companies as the winners in the 15th annual “Best Places to Work in Maine” program.

The number is down slightly from the 100 companies honored in 2019, the most ever.

The Best Places to Work in Maine list is intended to encourage excellence in Maine employers and recognizes those that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments. The organization that manages the program, Best Companies Group, selects the recipients based on information gathered from all applicants, including employee benefits, workplace policies and employee responses to a comprehensive satisfaction survey.


Thomaston to decide economic projects, The Green

THOMASTON — Thomaston residents will decide on two developments for the Thomaston Green and the hiring of an Economic Development Director Sept. 15 at the annual Town Meeting. Voting will be by paper ballot starting at 8 a.m.

One proposed development is affordable senior housing by the company Avesta. The second is a new housing complex for Coastal Opportunities residents to replace their current facility on Main Street in Thomaston.

The Economic Development Director position is a one-year contract with Community Concepts Finance Corporation for $65,000.

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Former Martel School housing project is a go in Lewiston

The Lewiston Planning Board on Monday night approved a new housing plan for the former Martel School in a 5-2 vote.

Avesta Housing Development Officer Catherine Elliott said Tuesday that Lewiston Housing Authority will own and manage the project and have retained Avesta to oversee and consult on the development process.

The $10.4 million project will develop 44 senior housing units, renovating the 1922 building and constructing a new three-story wing, according to the application.

Sun Journal

Portland councilors approve $14 million in low-income housing incentives

The Portland City Council on Monday night approved $14 million in tax and other financial incentives to create 270 units of housing, almost exclusively for low-income households on four different properties.

The approvals, which have been in the pipeline for months, come as people camping in the plaza at City Hall demand more permanent affordable housing for low-income and homeless people. The incentives will support 17 units of housing that will be set aside for people who have experienced homelessness.

The estimated $11.7 million in tax incentives approved by the council are known as tax increment financing, which allows developers to retain a percentage of the increased property taxes generated by their development. The affordable housing TIFs are typically used to help developers, many of them nonprofits such as the Community Housing of Maine, Avesta Housing and Portland Housing Authority, secure additional state and federal funding, allowing them to offer rents at below-market rates.

Portland Press Herald

Evictions & Housing: What is Happening with the Eviction Moratorium in Maine?

Eviction court cases can resume in Maine on August 3. A recent U.S. Census survey found 9% of Maine residents (29,000 people) could not pay rent in June, and 14% of renters (43,000) expressed concern about being able to pay their July rent. To try to stave off a major eviction crisis, Governor Mills has announced that Maine will be supplementing Maine’s rental assistance program with an additional $5 million in order to double monthly payments. We will hear from two Maine Public Housing Authorities about the scope of the problem, what kind of impact the $5 million will make and where people can turn for help. We’ll also hear from a landlord and tenants’ organizations, and learn about the challenges of providing more affordable housing.

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Lewiston readies multimillion-dollar redevelopment plan

LEWISTON — The city and local organizations working to reel in a downtown redevelopment grant worth between $10 million and $30 million are moving ahead with their application without knowing an official due date.

In the spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic shifted priorities for municipalities, officials said it would likely cause delays in the Choice Neighborhood program, which seeks to redevelop and spur investment in Lewiston’s Tree Streets neighborhood, one of the poorest in the state.

Since then, officials have been mostly in the dark regarding the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s timeline for soliciting applications, but have continued pulling together Lewiston’s entry.

Sun Journal