Row houses in Eastport. PHOTO: TOM GROENING

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Affordable around New England

Maine is not the only state to grapple with a lack of affordable housing. A combination of aging populations and aging housing stock has created an acute affordable housing shortage throughout the region. Because of the steep costs and massive needs to build such housing, many nonprofits and local governments… SEE MORE
Dr. Tiffany Manuel

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Affordable housing—from ‘they’ to ‘we’

An outsider might be baffled by Maine’s housing statistics. Some 70 percent of us own our own homes. Yet according to MaineHousing Director Dan Brennan, housing is now at “crisis levels we’ve never seen before.” Brennan spoke at MaineHousing’s Oct. 20 conference, which the state agency hosts every other year.… SEE MORE
The Brooks family; from left: Mark, Sally, Julie, and Stephen. FILE PHOTO: JULIA NEMY

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Worker shortage impacting lobster fishery

You see the signs everywhere: “Help Wanted” or “Hiring Now.” Businesses in every sector of Maine’s economy have found it difficult to hire the number and type of workers they need. The problem has become acute in the businesses that supply lobstermen with their traps and other equipment. “Sadly, we’ve… SEE MORE