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The lack of affordable, accessible housing to rent or buy in Maine, and some proposed solutions


One of the most pressing problems in Maine—and nationwide--today is the lack of affordable housing. Experts will discuss the primary reasons behind this crisis and how it contributes to an even greater divide in society. We’ll also look at some of the proposals currently before the legislature designed to boost affordable housing.

Jenny Schuetz, author of Fixer Upper: How to Repair America’s Broken Housing Systems; senior fellow, Brookings Metro; her research focuses on urban economics and housing policy
Clyde Barr, senior policy analyst, MaineHousing
Dana Totman, president & CEO, Avesta Housing

VIPS callers:
Ryan Fecteau, speaker, Maine House of Representatives (District 11)
Kate, single mother and domestic violence survivor who is facing housing challenges
Cullen Ryan, executive director, Community Housing of Maine

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.