KITTERY, Maine — In 2013, nearly 800 people were ahead of Dennis and Debbie Dean’s disabled daughter on the state’s wait list for housing.
“Something new has to happen and we hope we’ve landed on it,” Dennis said Wednesday while standing in the second floor bedroom of an 1860 home on Government Street, the parsonage of the Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ.
The Kittery couple started A House For ME, a nonprofit opening the door to independence for those with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders in York County. In May, the organization secured its first home, when it signed a five-year lease on the Kittery house. Three women will live there together, beginning in July, including the Deans’ 38-year-old daughter. They still seek their other two tenants.