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


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.

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)

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
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.