Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:34

Island Housing Trust helps move house Featured

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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND - From one location to another. A house moved a small distance in Mount Desert today, but it will make a big difference for one family and a community facing a shortage of affordable workforce housing.

Executive director of Island Housing Trust Alison Beane said  "Today we moved this house that was given to us by a local donor with the idea that it couldn't remain on the property that it was on. We needed to find a new location."


They obtained the piece of land from the town of Mount Desert, which the residents agreed to give it to Island Housing Trust. The nonprofit group is dedicated to providing affordable workforce housing.


"The availability of housing on this island is a huge challenge for our work force especially anything that's affordable. So for many of our home owners they have good jobs, but it's still difficult to afford housing," said Beane.


She said the shortage is a serious problem. "For us affordability is anything under $250,000. So just to be able to provide another opportunity. All of our houses are placed under covenant so they should remain affordable in perpetuity," said Beane. "Housing is a big challenge so for us here on the island we know that, but for others they may not be aware of that." she added.


Despite the weather they had a big crew helping to move the house. "There was the movers themselves, which was a crew of three, but we also had all the utilities here to help with the power lines." said Beane.


She stated they are always looking to provide more housing opportunities for their workforce. "Always continuing to grow the number of projects that we're doing."


For anyone that is interested in the house you can visit their website islandhousingtrust.org


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