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HospitalityMaine donates thousands for affordable housing

Just off Rockland Harbor, a dozen new homes are being built. These are affordable and efficient dwellings erected by Habitat for Humanity for locals in need of shelter.

From left, Katie Luce of Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers, HospitalityMaine Gov. Affairs Officer Greg Dugal, HospitalityMaine CEO Matt Lewis, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity board members Robert Holland, Susan Taylor and Construction Supervisor Peter Fagonde. HospitalityMaine

ROCKLAND — Just off Rockland Harbor, a dozen new homes are being built. These are affordable and efficient dwellings erected by Habitat for Humanity for locals in need of shelter.

This year, the cost of building materials is less than the average costs, because of a bevy of Maine visitors. Every spring, the state’s non-profit trade group HospitalityMaine asks its lodging members to designate a few rooms at half the rate, in exchange for guest donations to Habitat for Humanity.

Last week, HospitalityMaine handed over $26,000 to the midcoast chapter from this promotion.

“Despite the challenging year it has been, HospitalityMaine continues to support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the state of Maine,” said Executive Director Tia Anderson of Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, “We appreciate the tremendous support of the participating hotel and inns and their guests. These funds will be used by affiliates to assist in delivering affordable housing, so very needed in our communities.”

Hospitality for Habitat raised more than $250,000 for this ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Funds are distributed among Maine’s Habitat for Humanity chapters.

“Affordable housing is one of the many pain points right now for the hospitality industry as it struggles to maintain its seasonal workforce,” said Kathleen Pierce, the director of member experience for HospitalityMaine. “To be able to give back to such a crucial mission feels right.”

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