Interested in living in Hand in Hand apartments?
Starting in the early 1990’s the town of Milbridge experienced a rapid influx of migrant farmworkers who decided to leave the “migrant stream” and settle in Downeast Maine. For many families, a lack of available and affordable housing limits one's ability to put down roots in the area. Mano en Mano worked to build Hand in Hand Apartments to address this need.
The first of their kind in Maine, these subsidized apartments house 6 families in which one or more member of the household earns a majority of their income from agriculture or aquaculture. In 2006 Mano en Mano began talks around farmworker housing and the idea for Hand in Hand Apartments took shape. In 2011, after meetings with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and much town-wide discussion, the complex was built in Milbridge with the help of a USDA grant. While finding available and affordable housing still remains an issue in Downeast Maine, especially for immigrant and migrant farmworker communities, Mano en Mano actively works to creatively meet these needs in collaboration with its organizational partners and community connections.
Mano en Mano staff stand in front of the completed Hand in Hand apartments .