Housing study results unveiled at workshop

BAR HARBOR — A free, public workshop to unveil and discuss the preliminary findings of an islandwide housing study will take place at Mount Desert Island High School on Thursday, June 21, from 6-8 p.m. The workshop is offered by the Island Housing Trust and partners Camoin Associates and The Musson Group.

With the support of partner organizations, the trust commissioned the study to analyze the current and forecasted housing needs in the four municipalities on MDI. The study is engaging local elected officials, community members, employers and employees to provide information regarding housing preferences, including rental and homeownership choices. The public workshop will be an opportunity for residents and community members to learn some initial results and have their voices heard for housing preferences and needs. Participants will have an opportunity to break into smaller working groups to discuss housing needs on the island.

“Affordable housing is a crucial component to understanding the long-term viability of our island’s communities and economy,” said Alison Beane, the trust’s executive director. “We are pleased to work with Camoin Associates and The Musson Group to get the data we need to more fully understand how housing and other factors shape the economic landscape here on MDI. This housing study will be an important tool for IHT to define effective strategies to alleviate the housing need on MDI.”

Support for the housing study came from the towns of Bar Harbor and Mount Desert, residents of Southwest Harbor, Harbor House, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Mount Desert 365, The Jackson Laboratory and a grant from the Hancock County Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Participants can learn more and register for the workshop at IslandHousingTrust.org.

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