Category Archives: Current Events

Portland Media Center works with Greater Portland Community Land Trust to create video about creating homes for working families in Portland

Thursday, December 10, 2020     

Working with the Portland Media Center, the Greater Portland Community Land Trust (GPCLT) is creating a video about the working families interested in the homes that will be created on land being donated by the City of Portland. The video will be used in their fundraising campaign on the crowd source GoFundMe site later this month. Because of the high cost of construction, GPCLT is working to raise $300,000 to bring the prices of these homes within reach of the teachers and healthcare workers who have shown an interest in these new homes. Two people who teach at Portland Public Schools will tell their story of searching for a home to buy close to where they work, in a city with a hot real estate market where prices of houses are going through the roof. Two GPCLT Board members tell their story of volunteering their time; An architect describes the satisfaction of designing affordable homes; A developer discusses putting together the financing required to build GPCLT’s first affordable homes. Keep an eye out for announcements about our GoFundMe campaign on our Facebook page and Instagram account and make what ever contribution you can afford. 

Tabling at the Portland Democrats’ Caucus

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Board members, Jim Devine, Ginny Schneider, Tim Wells and Scott Vonnegut took turns tabling at the Portland Democrats’ Caucus at King Middle School. In addition to handing out brochures about Greater Portland Land Trust (GPCLT), they presented a proposed design for a GPCLT project comprising of 7 townhouses on a 14,000 SF parcel of City owned land that Portland has decided to make available for the development of affordable housing. A number of people interested in the affordable townhouses were given a flyer describing the project along with the estimated cost of financing.

Meeting between MaineHousing and Maine Coalition of Community Land Trusts

Friday, February 28, 2020

Greater Portland Community Land Trust (GPCLT) Board members Greg Plimpton, Tim Wells and Scott Vonnegut met with the Director and staff of Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing) along with representatives from eight other Community Land Trusts (CLTs) to ask for MaineHousing’s financial support of CLTs in the state. Various forms of support that were discussed included providing mortgages and financing for energy upgrades to owners in community land trust projects. The Coalition asked that CLTs be included in the MaineHousing 5-year Consolidated Housing Plan and allow CLTs to apply for HOME funds for homeownership projects. MaineHousing Director Dan Brennan said that he looks forward to working together with Community Land Trusts  to create affordable housing in the State of Maine.