Parish House

The Parish House Apartments in Bar Harbor creates 6 one-bedroom units of permanent supportive housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The project is located in a renovated historic building at 27 Kennebec Street in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor, Maine and its many amenities.

The MDI Housing Authority has been instrumental in securing six project-based Section 8 housing vouchers. “This project is the culmination of years of dedication, collaboration, and hard work on the part of all involved project partners, funders, and the Mount Desert Island community,” said Erin Cooperrider, Community Housing of Maine’s Development Director.

Ms. Cooperrider continued, “Parish House was designed and developed to be an inclusive community, where people will have the opportunity to live, thrive, and be active participants in the Bar Harbor community."


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) introduced Volunteers of America to Local Solutions. With many years of experience staffing and administering developmental and behavioral health programs, Volunteers of America is an ideal partner. Volunteers of America has developed a model of care for the Parish House that emphasizes health and wellness, engagement with community, and fosters a nurturing environment. "We are very happy to be partnering with organizations that are working hard to build a bright future for their community." said June Koegel, Volunteers of America President/CEO