Lewiston program looks to help people traverse ‘panicked’ housing market

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Ahmed Alasow, left, gets a tour in June during an open house for a new program called Renter 2 Owner in Lewiston. Building owner and president of Healthy Homeworks, Amy Smith, center, and her daughter, Allie Smith, chairwoman of the Lewiston Housing Committee, started the program to create more pathways to home ownership. The program just wrapped up its first session of a first-time homebuyers class. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

LEWISTON — Amid a housing crisis, a Lewiston program is offering a first-time homebuyers class and is developing starter homes to help fill the affordable housing void.

Earlier this month, four people completed the first class of the pilot program called “Renter 2 Owner,” which seeks to help Tree Streets residents “realize their dreams of home ownership.”

As part of the new venture, the mother-daughter duo behind the initiative is project managing the rehabilitation of a downtown building into affordable “starter…

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