Bangor area projects focus on meeting the demand for affordable housing

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Mostly everyone enjoys going home at the end of the day but for many Mainers simply finding a place to live can be a major feat.

The cost of living forces many people to turn to affordable housing programs for help, and agencies around Bangor say in recent years they've been seeing a high demand for their services.

Housing organizations in the twin cities are currently working on new projects to create more affordable housing. Last year the Bangor Housing Development Corporation purchased six apartment buildings near the city's downtown on the corner of First Street and Davis Court. Those buildings were torn down and one idea is to use the lot to build affordable housing units for working families.

Meanwhile in Brewer officials are using vacant schools to help with this issue. The Brewer Housing Authority is working on creating cost efficient apartments for seniors out of the old Brewer Middle School.

Yet the authority's executive director Gordon Stitham says the need for affordable housing isn't just felt by the elderly.

"On the public housing..which is our low income program...we have about probably about 75 people on that {waiting list}," he said, "and we only have 82 units in public housing...there is a big demand."

Federal tax credits are going to support Brewer's new housing project for seniors. Meanwhile, the Maine State Housing Authority assists with developing many affordable housing properties across Maine.


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