Articles by Deborah Turcotte

 
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MaineHousing’s First Home Loan, low rates attract first time buyers

By Deborah Turcotte on July 22, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
MaineHousing’s First Home Loan, low rates attract first time buyers AUGUSTA – MaineHousing celebrated National Homeownership Month in June by lowering its First Home Loan rate to 2.99%, motivating 268 first time homebuyers or military households to place a home under contract and apply for a MaineHousing First Home Loan. …
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MaineHousing announces Owner Excellence Program, honors 28 landlords on June 9

By Deborah Turcotte on June 08, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
28 Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher property owners, landlords to be honored For Immediate Release June 8, 2015 Media contact: Deborah Turcotte, Public Information Manager, at (207) 626-4600 AUGUSTA – MaineHousing will honor 28 exceptional property owners and landlords who participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program during …
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MaineHousing offers first-time homebuyers an Advantage

By Deborah Turcotte on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
Low interest rate plus $3,500 for down payment and closing cost assistance available through Advantage Program AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine’s real estate and lending experts are forecasting a solid home-buying season this year, and MaineHousing is improving its First Home Mortgage Program to help prospective buyers take the guess work …
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Maine Affordable Housing Conference — the state’s premier housing sector event — is October 30

By Deborah Turcotte on Oct. 23, 2013, at 1:17 p.m.
Former Congressman Barney Frank, experts to discuss housing policies, trends The 2013 Maine Affordable Housing Conference, the state’s premier housing sector event, will take place Wednesday, October 30, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The conference, hosted by the Maine State Housing Authority and the Maine Affordable …
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Barney Frank to speak at 2013 Maine Affordable Housing Conference

By Deborah Turcotte on Aug. 22, 2013, at 10:01 a.m.
AUGUSTA – Former U.S. Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts and homelessness prevention expert Barbara Poppe will be the keynote speakers at the 2013 Maine Affordable Housing Conference on October 30 in Portland. The Maine State Housing Authority and the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition are partnering to present this year’s event …
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MaineHousing offers new mobile home replacement plan

By Deborah Turcotte on Aug. 22, 2013, at 9:57 a.m.
Combined mortgage and grant initiative gives owners the opportunity to replace their pre-1976 mobile home with a new energy-efficient model AUGUSTA – MaineHousing announces a new pre-1976 Mobile Home Replacement Initiative to help income-eligible residents replace their older structure with a new Energy Star-certified manufactured home. The initiative includes a …
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MaineHousing, partners plan Fair Housing workshops May 28 in Bangor, Presque Isle

By Deborah Turcotte on May 16, 2013, at 10:57 a.m.
A workshop to provide landlords with information on the federal Fair Housing Act and the Maine Human Rights Act is scheduled for May 28 simultaneously in Bangor and Presque Isle. MaineHousing has joined with Pine Tree Legal Assistance, The Maine Human Rights Commission, and the U.S. Department of Housing and …
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MaineHousing Board of Commissioners postpones March 19 meeting, two public hearings

By Deborah Turcotte on March 18, 2013, at 10:40 a.m.
MaineHousing Board of Commissioners postpones March 19 meeting, two public hearings Events rescheduled for Tuesday, March 26 Contact: Deborah Turcotte, MaineHousing Public Information Manager,(207) 626-4617 Because of the pending storm, the MaineHousing Board of Commissioners is postponing its Tuesday, March 19 meeting and two scheduled public hearings until Tuesday, March …
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Annual Point in Time Survey of Maine’s homeless population takes place January 30

By Deborah Turcotte on Jan. 30, 2013, at 7:50 a.m.
Annual Point in Time Survey to take place January 30 Knowing Maine’s homeless population aids program efforts to end homelessness For Immediate Release Contact: Deborah Turcotte MaineHousing Public Information Manager (207) 626-4617 or (207) 242-1904 Maine State Housing Authority is coordinating the efforts of homeless shelters, outreach groups and volunteers …
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MaineHousing sets medical marijuana policy for federally subsidized housing units

By Deborah Turcotte on Oct. 03, 2012, at 12:32 p.m.
Board of Commissioners’ decision denies usage, possession or cultivation in federally subsidized housing units For Immediate Release October 3, 2012 Media Contact: Deborah Turcotte MaineHousing Public Information Manager (w) 626-4617 AUGUSTA – The Maine State Housing Authority Commissioners recently voted to not allow rental assistance to participants who use, possess, …
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MaineHousing initiates Section 8 corrective plan; federal auditor calls it “responsive”

By Deborah Turcotte on Oct. 01, 2012, at 10:29 p.m.
For Immediate Release October 1, 2012 Media Contact: Deborah Turcotte MaineHousing Public Information Manager AUGUSTA – The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today released its final audit report of MaineHousing’s administration of the Housing Choice Voucher Program. MaineHousing did not wait …
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MaineHousing Director John Gallagher

Maine State Housing Authority Welcomes New Director

By Deborah Turcotte on Oct. 01, 2012, at 3 p.m.
John Gallagher brings affordable housing development, finance experience to position For Immediate Release October 1, 2012 Contact: Deborah Turcotte MaineHousing Public Information Manager (w) 626-4617 or (c) 242-1904 AUGUSTA – The Maine State Housing Authority today welcomes John Gallagher as its new director. Mr. Gallagher, who was nominated by Governor …