Demand for housing in Portland leads to mass eviction in Parkside

A company that plans to renovate a Grant Street apartment complex is forcing out dozens 
of tenants, many low-income or mentally disabled, into a very high-priced market.
News Story (Maine)

Randy Billings
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
February 23, 2016

Tags: Housing: Eviction

Organizations mentioned/involved: Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) (Maine)


The tenants were told Dec. 23 that they had to leave by March 1 so the new owner can renovate the aging buildings. Although some occupants have found new housing in recent weeks, city officials met with social service providers Monday to figure out a plan to help 14 residents who have nowhere else to go a week before the deadline on the eviction notices. Most of the residents are receiving housing assistance.

“These are low-income and vulnerable tenants who are in a very high-priced market,” said Katie McGovern, an attorney at Pine Tree Legal, which provides free legal aid to low-income people.

City officials said that most of the affected tenants are low-income or are struggling with mental illness, or both.