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Youth Homelessness: The Prevalence of Young People Living Without Shelter or Stable Housing in Maine & Ways to Help

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Thousands of young people in Maine experience some form of homelessness over the course of a year. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Maine $3.25 million to address the problem of young people living without the support of a family or home. HUD requested the funding be used to create new and innovative solutions to end and prevent youth homelessness. The funds have recently been allocated to six agencies across the state of Maine. We’ll learn how these efforts aim to find stable housing solutions and support for young people experiencing homelessness.

Panelists:
Chris Bicknell, executive director, New Beginnings
Melinda Kane, program manager of youth programs, Penquis
Joseph Locke, youth homeless project coordinator, MaineHousing

VIP Callers:
Bridge Semler, Youth Action Board Specialist, bridge@newbeginmaine.org, (https://newbeginmaine.org/programs/yab/)
Sean Scovil, Shaw House (https://www.theshawhouse.org/)
Leah McDonald , Preble Street (www.preblestreet.org)

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.