EAST WILTON — Executive Director of Western Maine Community Action, Fenwick Fowler, honored 82 High Street at the WMCA annual board meeting on Oct. 20. The Rev. Scott Planting, executive director of the 82 High Street board, accepted the award.

The award commemorates the redevelopment of a deteriorated neighborhood and recognizes the efforts to sustain the affordable housing project. Twenty years ago, through the collaborative effort of churches, the town of Farmington, residents of 82 High Street, Western Maine Community Action and 40 other partners, 1.2 million dollars were raised and 11,000 hours of community labor coordinated to renovate the rundown neighborhood into 32 units of affordable housing.

The 82 High Street board of directors and community partners are now looking forward to redeveloping the property as an affordable, light green neighborhood.

Western Maine Community Action is a program that has been “Helping People and Changing Lives” in Franklin, Androscoggin and Oxford counties for 44 years. A few of the agency programs include Home Energy Assistance (HEAP), employment and training through Maine Career Centers, weatherization, Keeping Seniors Home, family planning, supplemental nutrition and health education.

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