Four Portland Non-profits Secure Federal Funding Says Congresswoman Pingree


Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) at an Event in Portland Last Year..

Four Portland non-profits are the recipients of federal funds thanks to the commitment of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) it was announced this afternoon.  These four non-profits are part of a larger package of fifteen (15) projects in Pingree’s District One receiving funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024.

The four Portland non-profits include: AVESTA AFFORDABLE HOUSING is to receive $1,466,279 to faciliate the acquisition costs associated with the new construction of a 30 unit Housing First development in Downtown Portland to help reduce hronic homelessness.  Once formerly homeless individuals securehousing and support, data show thatd they spend less time in jail, interaction les with the police, take fewer ambulance trips and spend less time in the emergency room, reductions that result in taxpayer savings; the second non-profit is EQUITY COMMUNITY CENTER to receive $500,000; the third  Portland non-profit is PREBLE STREETS JOE’S PLACE that is to receive $2,000,000; and the fourth is the PORTLAND HOUSING AUTHORITY which is to reeive $400,000 to construct an 8 unit development in the East Deering neighborhood of Portland.

“In addition to urgently needed domestic investments to boost the economy, fight the climate emergency, honor our veterans and defend reproductive freedom, the funding we have secured will directly aid and enrich our communities,” said Pingree.  “From projects focused on addressing Maine’s affordable housing crisis and improving water infrastructure to support our youth and underserved communities, this funding prioritizes widely supported projects that will make the biggest differences in the lives of Mainers.”