affordable housing

Here Are The Most And Least Affordable Places To Live In Maine

Jul 29, 2019
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East Boothbay in Maine's midcoast is the least affordable place to live in the state, according to a study released Wednesday. Vanceboro, bordering Canada in Down East Maine, was listed as the most affordable.

The Portland City Council has voted to approve tax breaks for two senior housing developments. The council had originally approved selling city land for one of the projects with the understanding that it would be open to all ages.

Councilor Kim Cook spoke against the developer's move to restrict the age of residents to 55 plus.

Portland's City Council is working on a proposal that would levy a fee on new hotel rooms to support affordable housing in the city.

The proposed ordinance, sent last week from the council's Housing Committee to the Planning Board, would charge developers a fee of $5,000 per new room being built now or in the future.

The proposal is the result of a study that finds new hotels are being built in Portland much faster than the national average, and that the workers needed to staff them can't afford to live in the city.

Two housing authorities in Maine will receive more than $450,000 from the federal government to improve opportunities for residents.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins says the money is going to the Portland Housing Authority and Lewiston Housing Authority from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency grant program.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials in Portland have approved two proposals that will bring more affordable housing to the Maine city.
 
WGME-TV reports the city council voted unanimously to move forward with both projects Monday. The two proposals call for new construction and renovations in the city.
 
The first measure, supported by the city Housing Committee, outlines a new 55-unit apartment building which will be built on city-owned property. The complex will include units for families earning 60 percent less than the area median income.
 

Portland's Housing Boom Offers Little Relief for Families

Jan 4, 2017
Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — Since 2014, the city has approved construction of more than 1,500 new homes, but the vast majority are too small to house families, which Portland needs in order to grow, city leaders say.

PORTLAND, Maine - As Portland's City Council considers new policies aimed at relieving the city's housing crunch, one set of ideas proposed by Mayor Ethan Strimling may be falling off the table, including rent control.

A month ago, Strimling proposed restrictions on rent increases and no-cause evictions, one-year lease requirements, and a bar on discriminating against tenants who rely on housing vouchers.

Homelessness Vigil in Portland
Nora Flaherty/MPBN

Homeless people and advocates will are sitting out all day today to raise awareness of homelessness — and make the point that even in the warmer months, it’s tough.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state is facing a serious shortage of affordable housing with more than 38,000 Mainers paying more than half their income for a roof over their head.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — The city has imposed a new requirement aimed at ensuring middle-income earners don't get squeezed out of the increasingly expensive housing market.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's largest city has signed off on a plan to join more than 200 communities in the country that require a portion of units in new housing developments to be affordable to middle-income residents.

The Portland City Council voted 7-2 in favor of the measure on Monday. The Portland Press Herald  reports that the new rule requires that 10 percent of the housing units in new developments of 10 units or more be affordable to middle-income earners.