Isle au Haut
Web exclusive, June 13, 2013
Isle au Haut group fills new housing
Story featured on NECN
Two newly-constructed homes on Isle au Haut will soon be occupied.
The homes are affordable rental housing available through Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “sustaining a vibrant year-round community,” according to the ICDC website. In 2010, the ICDC revived efforts to expand affordable rental offerings on the island by raising money and building two more homes. A $350,000 Maine State Housing Authority grant, matched by $200,000 of local monies, helped make two new homes possible.
One of the homes is a two-bedroom directly across from the schoolhouse and will be rented to a couple who will be running the newly reopened Keeper’s Inn, said ICDC board member Bill Calvert.
The second home is a three-bedroom home, the “Blueberry Hill House,” and will be occupied by a couple with a six-month-old child.
Recently, a story about ICDC’s efforts to recruit new families to Isle au Haut aired on New England Cable News. Calvert said there were several inquiries after the story aired, and that there may be another home opening up. “I’m taking everyone’s information and keeping them informed,” said Calvert.
Calvert said ICDC will eventually build more homes. “We have four more lots behind the Blueberry Hill house,” he said. Whether the group can afford to build more affordable rental housing might depend on whether the state does another MSHA grant.
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