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Annual Workforce Housing Design Charrette

This fall, we host our 5th Annual Workforce Housing Design Charrette. The focus of the two 2-day workshops are properties in the US Route 1/Vacation Drive area of York Maine and the Stratham Circle/Millbrook Drive vicinity in Stratham NH.

Working with volunteer design teams, property owners and members of the community, the sites will be assessed for their potential for development of a neighborhood of modest homes or mixed-uses, and design concepts for possible future development will be created and publicly presented.

You are invited to participate. Contact us for information on volunteering, sponsorship and other ways to take part in this opportunity to envision what is possible for the future of our Seacoast communities.

Maine Community Foundation Charrette in York
Community Dialogue Session

Wednesday, October 15th 5:30PM - 7:30PM*
York Housing Baldwin Center
4 Pine Grove Lane, York ME

Design Presentation & Reveal
Friday, October 17th 4:00PM - 5:00PM*
York Housing Carriage House Apts. Community Center
Georgeana Way, York ME

Kennebunk Savings Bank Charrette in Stratham
Community Dialogue Session

Wednesday, October 22nd 5:30PM - 7:30PM*
Stratham Town Hall
10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham NH

Presentation & Reveal
Friday, October 24th 4:00PM - 5:00PM*
Stratham Town Hall
10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham NH

*Times may be subject to change.

Please RSVP by emailing Ashlee@seacoastwhc.org or phone us at (603) 205-0539.

Thank you to our Platinum Level charrette sponsors:

 Maine Community Foundation Kennebunk Savings Bank

Thank you to our Gold Level charrette sponsors:

 York Housing AuthorityTown of York MaineYork Hospital

Annual Celebration Event

WHC Annual Celebration & Housing Leadership Awards Presentation
On Tuesday, May 14, we gathered with friends and funders, at Kelley’s Row in downtown Dover NH, to celebrate our accomplishments and successes of the past year. Each year we honor members of the community who stand out in their work and support to increase the supply of housing affordable to area workers by presenting our Housing Leadership Awards.

This year, we presented four awards – Employer Leadership, Municipal Leadership, Housing Industry Leadership and Visionary Awards. The 2014 Awards were presented to:

Patricia Martine, YHA; Mike Donahue, DTC Lawyers; Jon Carter, Town of Wells; George ReaganHousing Industry Leadership Award        
Patricia Martine for York Housing Authority
Employer Leadership Award

Mike Donahue for Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella  
Municipal Leadership Award  
Jon Carter for
Town of Wells Maine
Visionary Award
George Reagan of NHHFA


We also recognized our major funders and  members of our Community Builders program. Community Builders is our name for members of the community that go the extra mile to ensure workers in the Greater Seacoast Region have more housing opportunities. Pictured at right, l-r: George Reagan, NHHFA; Jaime Thompson, Kennebunk Savings Bank; Mike Donahue, DTC Lawyers; Deb Scott, Federal Savings Bank; Bill Young, Optima Bank; Steve Witt, Centrix Bank and Kim Rogers, GL Rogers & Company.

The event’s keynote speaker, Christopher Parker, the City of Dover’s Director of Planning and Community Development, was engaging and informative in his description of the City’s efforts, and successes, to promote workforce housing development. The City's efforts have included  reducing regulation, promoting creativity and options to residents to encourage a diversity of housing styles. The City’s context sensitive downtown zoning allows for flexibility of uses and diversity of housing, including homes affordable for area workers.

The day’s events also featured two optional tours of outstanding examples of local workforce housing development in Dover - The Housing Partnership's Woodbury Mill and Chinburg Properties Cocheco Mill. See below.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

 DF Richard EnergyOrr & Reno


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Our mission is to be a catalyst for the development of a range of housing options affordable to the diverse workforce in the Greater Seacoast region of New Hampshire and Maine. We build support for workforce housing by educating municipal officials, developers and community members.

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