community in Cumberland County has large homes that once teemed with children and family life. Today many such homes are occupied by one or two 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 CDBG planning funds to examine the possibility of creating a homeshare matching program similar to successful programs such as HomeShare, Vermont. An advisory board including Cumberland County, South Portland, Westbrook, Freeport, Westbrook Housing Authority, Portland Planning Department, Biddeford Community Development, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, Avesta Housing, and PROP met for 6 months and decided to contract with Pine Tree Legal to provide do-it-yourself information online. The sit, http://helpmelaw.org/homesharing-maine is currently in draft form; edits can be sent to Elizabeth Trice, Grants & Special Projects Coordinator at 207-871-8380.