Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 20, 2021
Isle au Haut welcomes applications for affordable housing program
The Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation has announced that it will be accepting applications to rent one of its houses on Isle au Haut.
The corporation was formed in 1990 to provide affordable housing and opportunities to attract new families to the island. The program offers rentals for up to five years while new residents establish themselves and move toward independent housing. Since its beginning, the ICDC has brought numerous families to the island, many of whom have stayed or maintained long-term connections with the community.
Isle au Haut is one of 14 unbridged, year-round island communities in Maine with a one-room K-8 schoolhouse. The current year-round population is 55, which typically expands to several hundred in the summer. Many residents fish commercially, caretake seasonal homes, work in construction, or telecommute for a living. About half of the island’s 7,000 acres belong to Acadia National Park, with access to day visitors primarily through Duck Harbor on the south end of the island. The village is connected by a mailboat from Stonington twice daily, with increased trips in summer.
The house currently available is one of the original three built to launch the program and is a classic shingled New England Salt Box within a half mile of both the town landing and Acadia National Park. There are two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs, as well as an open kitchen and living room.
Members of the ICDC and past and present program participants will hold an online information session on Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit isleauhaut.org/community-resources/current-opportunities/ or contact email@example.com.