Florence House

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Florence House

Florence House is a 3½ story building in Portland, Maine, United States, named after Florence Young "a social worker who spent more than 20 years working at Preble Street."[1]

The building was created to help end homelessness. Florence House is based on the Housing First model, a strategy to help move women from homelessness to a permanent supportive home environment.

Florence House can house 50 or more former homeless women. The building includes 25 efficiency apartments, a safe-haven area with 15 semi-private spaces and 10 to 25 emergency shelter beds [2]

The $7.9 million facility was completed in April, 2010.[3] It was developed by Preble Street and Avesta Housing[4] and received state and federal funding[5] as well as private contributions.

The opening in June, 2010 (five years after the project started) was attended by Maine Governor John Baldacci, Shaun Donovan (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development — HUD)[6] and other dignitaries.

Florence House was nominated by the Affordable Housing Finance magazine[7] as a finalist for the 2010 Readers’ Choice Award.[8] It is the first affordable housing development from Maine to be named a finalist for this award in its six-year history.[9]


  1. ^ Florence Young Housing for Homeless Women In Portland, Preble Street Resources.
  2. ^ Anne Mostue, New Housing Project Aims to Open Doors for Portland's Homeless Women, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, June 4, 2010.
  3. ^ John Richardson, Florence House to Open Doors for Homeless Women, Portland Press Herald, April 5, 2010.
  4. ^ Avesta Housing.
  5. ^ Maine State Housing Authority Funding News.
  6. ^ Prepared Remarks for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan at the Florence House Grand Opening, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), June 4, 2010.
  7. ^ The Nation’s Best, Affordable Housing Finance, July/August 2010.
  8. ^ Affordable Housing Finance magazine 2010 Readers Choice Award finalist.
  9. ^ First affordable housing development to be named a finalist.


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