Affordable Housing in Our Region | Connected Community Forum

Community Compass will host its second Connected Community Forum of 2019 on Tuesday March 26th from 4-6 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Blue Hill (22 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill). RSVP HERE

This month’s topic is Affordable and Workforce Housing in our region. Community Housing of Maine (CHOM) Director Cullen Ryan will deliver the keynote, followed by a panel and audience Q&A. Panelists include Duane Bartlett (MDI and Ellsworth Housing Authority), Rosa Moore (H.O.M.E.), Erica Veazey (Pine Tree Legal), Jack Frost (Bar Harbor Bank and Trust), Marla Obyrne (Island Housing Trust), Michael Wood (Deer Isle Stonington Workforce Housing). The Forum will be moderated by Community Compass board member Charles “Kim” Coit.

“Affordable housing is such an important topic,” Community Compass Executive Director Scott Hamann said, “and these panelists will help us cover a lot of ground. We’ll learn about affordable housing construction, the state’s housing voucher system, renter’s rights, housing loans, and workforce housing.”

This event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to RSVP here.

Pssst, we're on WERU!

Sue Mackey Andrews of The Maine Resiliency Building Network asked Community Compass to join the conversation with her on Family Corner, on WERU. Listen to what our Neighborhood Navigators have to say about poverty in our region. 



Basic Needs Not Enough

Kristin Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank, speaks plainly about poverty blamed on the poor, the importance of connecting those in need to our community and reminds us that it's our neighbors that live in poverty. 


Parent/Infant Interactions Key for Healthy Development

Our Parents Are Leaders program (PALs) is based on research showing healthy interaction between parent and their infant is crucial to developing social emotional skills. These skills prepare children to be successful in school and beyond. This video is an example of how parent interaction can affect infant behavior.

Poor Kids (video): Frontline


Originally aired on PBS, November, 2012.

"FRONTLINE spent months following three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families’ struggles against financial ruin. At a time when one in five American kids lives below the poverty line, Poor Kids is an is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the eyes of children."

Watch the trailer and entire episode on PBS.