BRUNSWICK —  Curtis Memorial Library will be hosting three forums on affordable housing. Each session will feature expert speakers followed by audience Q&A.

Community members and librarians planned this series to bring attention to rising home costs and the resulting increase of rental rates and resulting cost burden to low and middle-income families, and what can be done about it.

Topics include:

Housing Vulnerability & Homelessness, Thursday, Oct.18, 6-7:30 p.m.

This session will explore financial fragility and the reasons why people lose their housing, and will feature presentations from James Myall, a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy; Cullen Ryan, executive director of Community Housing of Maine and chairman of the Statewide Homelessness Council; and Giff Jamison, operations manager at Tedford Housing.

The Local Landscape, Tuesday, Oct.30, 6-7:30 p.m.


This session will focus on the current and projected landscape of affordable housing in local and regional housing markets. Speakers will include John Hodge, executive director of the Brunswick and Topsham Housing Authorityl, Kevin Bunker, Developers Collaborative; and Jane Millett, Brunswick Town Councilor and local realtor.

Promising Practices, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6-7:30 p.m.

Six local and statewide leaders will explore innovative approaches and funding opportunities that address housing affordability. Panelists include Greg Payne, director, Maine Affordable Housing Coalition; Matt Panfil, director, Brunswick Department of Planning and Development; Carol Eyerman, assistant planner, Topsham Department of Planning and Development; Bill Floyd, executive director, Genesis Community Loan Fund; Debora Keller, executive director, Bath Housing; and Mark Primeau, executive director, Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine.

The forums will be recorded and, after the event, will be available for viewing on TV3 Brunswick, the TV3 website, and the Curtis Memorial Library website.

For more information call 725-5242, or go to

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