Current Funded Projects

2022 Application Tiers

Cumberland County has committed more than $11 million toward regional projects and non-profits.

Cumberland County has begun to announce plans to invest funds dedicated to the region under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) toward significant projects that will have a lasting effect on challenges facing our region, and empower the agencies, non-profits and businesses in the region who are working to improve equity, fairness and opportunity for people across Cumberland County. Investments are listed below, by category.


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HOUSING PROJECT FUNDED AMOUNT
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Habitat For
Humanity

$ 2,600,000

New Home Build Program - funding will support the construction 
of twenty, energy-efficient, single-family homes, for low-income 
first-time homebuyers. The homes will be located in
South Portland and Standish.

Westbrook Housing
Authority

$565,000

Stacey M. Symbol Apartments - Funding will support the development 
of 60 newly constructed affordable apartments reserved for seniors 
earning at or below 50% and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). 
The goal of the project is to help alleviate rising costs of housing within 
the local market that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Westbrook Housing
Authority

$535,000

The Stroudwater Apartments- Funds will support the creation of 55 newly 
constructed affordable apartments reserved for seniors earning at or 
below 50% and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). Creating more 
long-term affordable housing options for seniors will relieve both short-term 
and long-term strains on the system to allow people to live stably and safely 
for years to come. 

Avesta Housing

$350,000

Seavey Street - Funds will help acquire a 2.5+ acre parcel in Westbrook, ME. 
The parcel is located on Seavey Street, on the site of an old rail line, and 
is within a qualified census tract (QCT). Avesta will develop 60+ units of 
affordable housing on the site with all units restricted to 60% of AMI or below. 
The units will be all one-bedroom units; the target population will be 
older-adults 55+. This development is part of a larger effort to reinvigorate 
an infill site in the heart of Downtown.

Avesta Housing

$350,000

Village Commons - funds will to help acquire a .44+ acre parcel in 
Scarborough, ME. Avesta will develop 31 units of affordable senior 
housing on the site. There will be 30 one-bedroom units and one efficiency 
in a three-story elevator building. The units will be restricted to older adults,
 55+ and all units will be affordable, reserved for individuals or couples 
earning less than or equal to 60% of AMI. A further 19 of these units will be 
set aside for individuals or couples earning less than or equal to 50% of AMI. 
All utilities are included in the rent helping to ensure affordability by reducing 
the burden of housing expenses. 

Youth and Family
Outreach

$300,000

Building a Brighter Future - funding will support an expansion of the existing 
childcare facility, that will include affordable housing above to support the 
overhead of the daycare. The funds will be used for the construction portion 
of the development.

Avesta Housing

$250,000

Meadowview II - funds will help acquire a 7+ acre parcel in Gray, ME. Avesta
will develop 27 units of affordable housing on the site, with all units restricted to
60% of AMI or below. This development is part of a larger effort to reinvigorate
an existing affordable housing site and create a campus atmosphere in the Village
Center of Gray. The addition of these 27 units to the existing campus of 20 senior
units will also allow Avesta to bring more scale to this site and will make community
services more comprehensive and readily available.

Quality Housing Coalition

$30,000

Growing Project HOME - the Project HOME model relies on a damage guarantee 
for each unit rented. Funds will support a pilot rental insurance approach that 
would eliminate the need for QHC to back each rental with cash. Funds 
would support 100 rental insurance policies per year, for three years.

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SERVICE PROJECT FUNDED AMOUNT
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Preble Street

$1,500,000

Food Security Hub - funds will help to refurbish and to convert the 
existing Food Security Hub space to a commercial production and 
processing kitchen, which will involve both construction build-out and 
foodservice equipment purchases. The move from the former office 
building cafeteria kitchen only supported 40-60 meals a day, the current 
space allows for an increase in production to 1,400 meals per day out 
of the space. 

Portland Recovery 
Community Center

$515,152

Building Hope and Creating Community - Funding will support
 a building renovation that makes existing space COVID-19 friendly 
and thereby allows for expanded services. The building renovation 
will allow more people affected by addiction to receive effective
in-person recovery support despite COVID-19.

The Maine Recovery
Fund

$100,000

A ride to work - The program supports employment and integrative services 
for people in Cumberland County recovering from substance use disorder, 
reentering from jail and prison, new Americans, and returning veterans facing 
reentry obstacles. ARPA funds will pay for transportation costs, such as bus 
passes, Uber, or taxi services.

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HOUSING SECURITY PROJECT FUNDED AMOUNT
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

City of Portland, Maine

$3,000,000

Portland has committed to a new $25 million Homeless Services Center 
with on‐site food, medical, counseling and transit services on the 
Westbrook/Portland line, which will continue to serve people experiencing 
homelessness. The project is an expansion of the city’s existing program, 
with a new approach to provide complete wraparound on‐site food, medical, 
counseling and transit services.

Tedford Housing

$1,600,000

The organization is planning to construct a new sixty four-bed emergency 
housing building in Brunswick that will serve individual adults and families 
experiencing homelessness. The new building will include twenty four adult 
shelter beds and ten family apartment‐style units.

Tedford Housing

$106,642

The second Tedford Housing project will conduct a significant study of people 
experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in the Lakes Region of 
Cumberland County, including the towns of Baldwin, Casco, Bridgton, 
Harrison, Naples, Raymond, and Sebago.