History

1987 – Tedford Shelter is founded by the Brunswick Area Interfaith Council (BAIC) to provide emergency shelter for the area’s homeless adults. The original Tedford Shelter was named for the individual who donated the building that housed the original shelter at 10 Pleasant Street in Brunswick.

1989 – Tedford Shelter is incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) organization. During this time, the “Meal-A-Month” program – a volunteer effort of churches, restaurants and community members – is started to ensure that dinner was provided to individuals staying at the shelter every night. Meal-A-Month remains a vital component of Tedford Housing.

1994 – Tedford Shelter moves to 49 Cumberland Street in Brunswick. The emergency shelter houses 12 men and 4 women in separate dorm rooms.

1998 – In response to the rise of homeless families in the area, Tedford Shelter, in conjunction with the Brunswick Housing Authority, opens the Tedford Family Shelter at 34 Federal Street in Brunswick. This facility includes apartments for six families.

Early 2000s – The organization begins to focus on homeless prevention in addition to emergency shelter. Planning begins to establish permanent, supportive housing for previously homeless adults and families.

2006 – In recognition of the organization’s evolution to include permanent housing and related services, the organization changes its name to Tedford Housing.

2008 – Tedford Housing provides support to homeless students in three school districts serving Brunswick, Bath, Topsham and surrounding communities through the Merrymeeting Project for homeless youth.

2010 – The organization takes over management of the community-funded emergency heating assistance program that serves Brunswick and surrounding towns, Warm Thy Neighbor.

2012 – Tedford completes the multi-year build out of supportive housing apartments. The 6 apartment buildings include 37 units for families and individuals who were previously homeless, many of whom suffer a mentally or physically disabling condition. Buildings are located in Bath (2), Brunswick, Lewiston, Auburn and Augusta.