Ayuh. There may be more moose than people in Maine, but moose don't need apartments. This smallish city on Casco Bay and Gulf of Maine has acquired a reputation for good food and good living. But it lacks the housing stock necessary for rapid growth.

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland city leaders say the city is experiencing a housing crisis. The newly created housing committee is working to solve the problem

The committee chair says Portland is becoming a destination for young professionals and families and that's making it harder for renters to find affordable apartments.

There are more than 16,000 rental units in Portland. More are being built, but that won't solve all the problems.

"We can't build our way out of it. We've got to think our way through it and find ways of loosening up the market beyond just new development," Jill Duson, housing committee chair, said.

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