homelessness

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

An encampment of homeless people that has occupied Portland's City Hall Plaza for more than two weeks could disperse soon.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

The Portland mayor and a pair of city councilors held a "listening session" Wednesday morning with dozens of the city's homeless population who have established an encampment on the steps of City Hall. The goal was to try to improve communication after a week-long impasse over protesters' demands.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

For the third night, a group of protesters in Portland will set up tents, blankets and other camping supplies in front of city hall as part of a ‘tent-out’ protest aimed at changing city housing policies. Many of the protesters are unhomed and street-dependent individuals.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

For the past few weeks, as the places where homeless people often receive services have been closed, some have been spending their days — and in some cases, their nights — at Portland’s Deering Oaks Park. Preble Street in Portland has had to close its day center as part of its effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and had been providing meals for people at several locations, including Deering Oaks.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of Maine's congregate settings, including homeless shelters, which have had to reduce capacity.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Like many cities in Maine, Bangor has seen a growing number of people who are homeless. The city has limited shelter beds, and the problem is of particular concern during the cold winter months. There are local community and religious organizations that have stepped in to help out, including an unusual church that has grown from a small bible study into a social service hub in the city.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

Homelessness is a growing problem around the country, including here in Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP File

According to federal data released earlier this month, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maine dropped by more than 15 percent from 2018 to last year. But housing advocates say those numbers are misleading — and that decline actually reflects the fact that fewer people received some state services.

The Trump Administration has named its choice to lead the federal office on homelessness: Robert Marbut, a well-known consultant to cities trying to tackle the issue.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is launching a voucher program for up to 25 greater Portland youth who are aging out of the foster care system.

Activists Bring Attention To Homelessness Outside Portland City Hall

Jun 21, 2019
Julie Pike / Maine Public

Activists sat outside Portland City Hall Friday to draw attention to the needs of homeless residents.

Brett Plymale / For Maine Public

The rising incidence of youth homelessness can stay hidden in a rural state like Maine, yet just two years ago, more than 2,500 public school students in the state were reported as homeless or displaced — a significant increase from the numbers seen just two years prior.

Ed Morin / Maine Public

For the 24th year in a row people gathered in Portland Friday on the longest night of the year to remember those from greater Portland's homeless community who have died during the past 12 months. Thirty-six people were remembered, 26 men and 10 women, with an average age of 47.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

“I crashed at friends’ houses for a while. It was a job to find a place to sleep. I slept under bridges, slept in my car when I could...it was, really, whatever I could come up with that day. I’d wake up and my goal would be to find a place to sleep the next day... It made me feel weak, like I wasn’t as good as everyone else because I couldn’t figure it out, I couldn’t figure out how to not be homeless.”

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine is taking stock of homelessness with an annual count.
 
The point-in-time count is set for Tuesday night. The number will serve as a benchmark to determine how many homeless there are in the United States.
 
The Maine State Housing authority says about 6,300 individuals were homeless statewide at some point in 2016.
 
The numbers have been declining. But the shelter in Maine's largest city remains busy.
 

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