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Housing trust to make presentation to Rockland City Council

ROCKLAND — A regional housing trust is scheduled to make a presentation Monday evening, Nov. 7, to the Rockland City Council.

MidCoast Regional Housing Trust is listed on the Nov. 7 Council agenda for a presentation. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Details on the organization’s presentation have not been publicly released.

In the summer of 2021, Rockland City Councilors Sarah Austin and Nate Davis proposed the creation of an an affordable housing land trust. Under such a proposal, a private, non-profit organization separate from the city would be created. That trust would then acquire land and manage the property with the stipulation that the housing is affordable.

In January the group completed a housing needs assessment in 19 towns within a half-hour commute to Rockland: from Northport to Waldoboro and Washington to the coast. The three essential findings of that assessment were:

“The average age of local residents is far higher than in most of Maine. In the near future, a smaller pool of working households will have to pay for education and other public services.

“Home health care aides and service employees earning less than $15 per hour will outnumber workers with middle-range jobs — the kind that traditionally enabled them to buy a home.