Forum: Housing Choices for a Well-Rounded Community

What can communities do to ensure they are making the best housing decisions? Is affordable housing even attainable?

Thursday September 13, 3:30-6p

Park Street School, Kennebunk

14 Park St, Kennebunk ME

GrowSmart Maine is convening community leaders to share how Southern Maine towns and cities can address housing challenges while planning for the future. See full program below.

Light refreshments will be served.


  • 3:30p Registration, Networking
  • 4-6p Featured Presentation
    • Matthew Peters, Executive Director of Freeport Housing Trust

While many towns understand the potential consequences of rising home costs, few have a clear plan on what to do about it. Matthew Peters will frame the discussion by talking about the impact high-cost housing is having on Maine communities, including the long-term effects of growing seasonal populations. While some towns fear the added costs that families bring to a town budget, there are many proven benefits to a well-rounded community, including economic development and an active volunteer population. Learn the ways in which affordable housing can be added to a town’s housing mix and how higher density housing can be an asset.

Matt is the President of Elysian Enterprises, a real estate development and consulting firm based in Portland, and Executive Director of Freeport Housing Trust, a non-profit providing affordable homes in Freeport, Maine. Matt previously worked for Avesta Housing.

  • Community Voices Panel

Matt Brock, Kittery Town Councilor, and Kevin Sutherland, Saco City Manager, both come from municipalities concerned about affordable housing. They will talk about their approach, challenges and opportunities they still face in trying to build well-rounded communities. Godfrey Wood, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, will talk about their expanded model for providing multiple affordable homes in a single community.


  • GrowSmart Maine Members $15
  • General Public $20

Online pre-registration is now closed. Same-day registration available at the event with cash, check or credit card at 3:30p. 

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