Cabin in the Woods
Cabin in the Woods is an supportive housing community for homeless veterans and their families. It is being built on 11 wooded acres surrounding TOGUS. Opening in 2017.
Eight thousand Maine veterans live in poverty. One in ten is homeless. These statistics need to change. We have been working tirelessly to find ways to shelter and care for the men and women who have served our country.
We are proud to announce that Volunteers of America Northern New England has received funding that will allow us to build our Cabin in the Woods Community. It's the first project of its kind in the state of Maine, and the only program in Maine that will house homeless male and female veterans, as well as their families.
We will be constructing 21 energy-efficient, ADA accessible residential cabins (16 one bedroom and 5 two bedroom), with special attention to maintaining a rustic, wooded, private setting for each. Also on site will be a two bedroom cabin for office and community space.
With an emphasis on family reunification and employment, Cabin in the Woods will work with many local, regional, state and federal agencies to meet the needs of veterans and their families.
The $4.2 million development cost of the project will be funded primarily by Maine Housing Tax Credit Allocation. Our work continues with Maine Housing to finalize the timeline and construction documents. We have partnered with the Veterans Administration to secure a 75 year lease on the land and the Home Depot Foundation is generously funding a portion of the cabin construction costs.
We are tremendously excited to be bringing this program to fruition, with so much support along the way.
UPDATE: Oct 2016. We have named Langford and Low of Portland, Maine to be our construction manager. Design, drawings and renderings provided by Robert Foster Architects of Portland.
Our Current Programs
Volunteers of America Northern New England operates two successful programs for homeless veterans in the Saco/Biddeford area.
The Arthur B. Huot House provides 10 efficiency apartments for Veterans who are homeless. The program, which is the only co-ed Veterans Transitional Living Program in Maine, provides Veterans with stable housing and additional services to help them transition back into the community and All the Way Home™. Named in honor of the late U.S. Navy Veteran Arthur "Skip" Huot, the program is operated in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Maine State Housing. Arthur B. Huot believed that "It's the day by day acts of kindness that changes the world" and that we should help our Veterans as a community..
The Veterans Career House provides safe supportive transitional housing and support services to male Veterans who are homeless. Our evidence-based programming helps Veterans gain stability and life skills to re-enter their community and the work force. This eight-room facility is in a rural setting and offers private or semi-private rooms with shared living, dining, kitchen, recreation, and bathroom areas. Heat, laundry, electricity, and hot water are included.
If you are interested in contributing to Cabin in the Woods please contact Michael Coon at 207-373-1140.