The community in Cumberland County has large homes that once teemed with children and family life. Today many such homes are occupied by 1 or 2 people, often elders struggling to maintain, heat, and pay taxes on their property.
We also know the challenges many young or single adults face in finding appropriate and affordable living arrangements. Could these two problems have a single solution?
In 2011 Cumberland County received almost $10,000 in Community Development Block Grant planning funds to examine the possibility of creating a homeshare matching program similar to successful programs such as HomeShare Vermont.
An advisory board was formed that included:
Biddeford Community Development
Portland Planning Department
Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Westbrook Housing Authority
The board met for 6 months and decided to contract with Pine Tree Legal to provide do-it-yourself information online. The homesharing site is currently in draft form and edits can be emailed to Elizabeth Trice, Grants & Special Projects Coordinator or by calling 207-871-8380.