This good resolution to Maine’s homelessness is difficult to scale up

Maine housing businesses are incentivizing landlords to offer properties to weak tenants, a technique that’s working however stays tough to scale up resulting from a scarcity of general items.

Teams from Caribou to South Portland are providing native landlords monetary ensures and logistical assist if they provide items to Maine households experiencing housing instability and homelessness. Two teams utilizing this technique, Portland’s High quality Housing Coalition and the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter of Waterville, have discovered everlasting properties for slightly below 200 households – lots of whom have skilled continual homelessness – this 12 months alone.

Venture Dwelling, the Portland group’s flagship program, has an applicant pool of over 2,000 households ready to be matched with a unit proper now. That underscores the brief provide of housing statewide that’s driving up prices and limiting how far they’ll attain, though policymakers largely see them as successes up to now.