Older Mainers are facing an unprecedented crisis in the availability of affordable housing options in the community where people want to age. On March 15, more than 80 participants joined us to explore the issues. Although the focus was on affordable home repair options and ADUs, we also covered a number of other projects.
Click here to view the recording of our call
Click here to download the presentation handout
These were our special guests for the day.
Noel Bonam, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Maine State Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
Ryan Fecteau (Ryan.Fecteau@maine.gov) Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and Future
Judy East (Judith.C.East@maine.gov), Maine Bureau of Resource Information and Land Use Planning
Rhiannon Hampson (email@example.com), State Director, USDA Rural Development maine
Jason Bird (firstname.lastname@example.org), Housing Development & MaineStream Financing, Penquis
Sharon Norris (SNorris@penquis.org), Deputy Director, Housing and Energy Services, Penquis
Lisa Joyce (email@example.com), Co-Chair, Age-Friendly South Portland
Eli Rubin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Community Planner City of South Portland
Sharon Brobst (email@example.com), VP – Retail Lending, Bath Savings Institute (financing an ADU)
Jean Saunders (Saundersjean75@gmail.com), Chair, Age-Friendly Saco
Housing Workshop Resources:
Lifelong Maine Housing Workshop, List of Resources--thus includes information about the USDA Rural Development Programs, Community Action Partnerships, financial resources listed by Sharon Brobst, AARP publications, articles of interest (including a few about volunteer home repair programs), and more.
USDA Rural Development Handouts
Staying Warm Safe and Dry materials (a program that links professional tradespeople with residents who need help to maintain their homes. The program has both a free component and, for those who can pay, provides a curated list of tradespeople who have agreed to participate in the program).
Building Community Together: Resource sheet developed by Maine State Housing, Community Aging in Place Program, and Efficiency Maine to connect residents to programs that can help them stay in their homes.
Community Action Partnership Brochure, Home Accessibility and Repair Programs.
Resources shared in chat (click here to view the full chat):