Dear Casco Bay Forum participants,

 The next Casco Bay Forum meeting is coming up on Wednesday, May 11, 8:00-10:00am at the Casco Bay Lines conference room.  The meeting will focus on affordable housing, as many Casco Bay communities have expressed interest in this issue recently.  The meeting will include island updates from each community, with an emphasis on the need, interest and status of affordable housing initiatives in each community.  Please invite members of your community interested in this issue to attend.  We hope to have a good showing, with residents from each island present, as the purpose of the Casco Bay Forum is to promote communication and information sharing and between island communities. 

 Garrett Martin, from the Genesis Fund, will attend the meeting to answer questions and share resources pertaining to affordable housing.  Garrett will also provide information on the Islands Challenge Fund, a new program that provides matching funds and challenge grants to support housing and community facility projects on Maine year-round islands.

 Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  Additionally, please contact me if you have any suggestions for the June 8th Casco Bay Forum.  Thanks!





Dana Leath

Community Development Officer

Island Institute, Casco Bay Office

P.O. Box 7878

Portland, ME 04108

(207) 842-5644