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.
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.