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Gauvreau Place – Grand Opening Featured on Fox 23

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This story is from Fox 23 regarding the opening of Gauvreau Place in Lewiston, Maine. The story is from July 12, 2022 by Owen Kingsley

New, affordable apartments are now open in Lewiston, offering dozens of units for individuals and families in the area.

More than 1,780 people asked about the 35 units at Gauvreau Place. The developers hope the project has made an impact on Maine’s housing crisis.

With the ribbon cutting Tuesday, the apartments are move-in ready.

MaineHousing says the state is in need of more than 20,000 apartments for the state’s low-income residents.

Projects like these still make a huge impact as affordable housing becomes harder and harder to find.

“Well, it means a lot to the people of this neighborhood right here,” MaineHousing Director of Development Mark Wiesendanger said. “I believe about 115 people applied for housing here, 35 got it. Obviously that’s not enough, but at least we’re helping those 35 households.”

“Last year, we had over 6,000 households apply to us for housing and unfortunately, we helped fewer than one out of 12,” Avesta Housing CEO Dana Totman said.

MaineHousing adds that the state’s goal should be to create 1,000 new apartment units a year.

The last few years, they’ve barely reached half of that.