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The Community Institute

Session #7: “Housing for All”

POSTPONED to WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017 (due to weather conditions on 1/24 and 2/7!)
Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta, ME
Program: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Optional Social & Maine Association of Planners General Membership Meeting: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Includes: full day of sessions, field work, breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and all materials
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This session of The Community Institute will have a dozen or more faculty members from national, state, regional and local organizations and communities in Maine. Topics include State of Maine Housing issues and opportunities, Mechanisms for Housing Development, Numbers and Neighbors (density, scale and neighborhood concerns), rural and urban housing opportunities and more. Field work includes a site visit to the newly reconstructed housing at Hodgkins Elementary School in Augusta.

Keynote Speaker: Chris Estes, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference

The_Community_Institute_Chris_EstesThe National Housing Conference serves as a resource for the affordable housing community on housing policy issues, communications and messaging and research on both the challenges and best practices in affordable housing today. Chris will discuss national housing policy issues in his Keynote speech for the day.

Estes leads the organization’s strategic direction for its policy, communications and research work and serves as a national thought leader on affordable housing and community development issues. He is particularly focused on NHC’s role in bringing the full spectrum of the affordable housing and community development sectors together for more coordinated and mission-driven education and advocacy.

Other Faculty Members:

Greg Payne, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition

Mechanisms for Housing Development:  Overview of existing programs, explaining access by private and non-profit sector, Developer and Housing Authority insight, government programs:

Density/scale—Numbers and Neighbors – Developers and Planners:

Rural and Urban: Can small towns have affordable housing development?

Thank you to our generous session sponsors!



About The Community Institute (TCI)

The Community Institute, formerly a program of Friends of Midcoast Maine, is now a program of Lift360. Each session of The Community Institute provides programming and training on topics facing Maine communities, teaches valuable skills, best practices and hands-on expertise, connects with funding sources, helps build economically healthier communities and engages and connects with community members, organizations and national leaders while participating in field work that brings best possible solutions to problems.

Each day-long session is a mix of lecture, practice, discussion, case studies, and hands on-application. Some sessions include hands on field work with collaborating organizations and communities. All sessions will include a core curriculum, taught by leading experts with basic instruction in principles of leadership, community building philosophies, and turning ideas into action.  See the FINAL REPORTS from all previous TCI sessions.


Sponsorship opportunities available — please email Jane Lafleur ( for details