Preble Street Resource Center

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The University of Southern Maine says it will partner with the Preble Street Resource Center to convert the Sullivan Gymnasium on the school’s Portland campus to a temporary 24-hour shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public

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

Nora Flaherty / Maine Public

In the 1980s, Portland’s then city manager made a commitment that the city would “do its part” to make sure no one seeking shelter in Portland would be turned away. But in the decades since then, it has remained controversial.

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.

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Workers at an organization that serves homeless and street-dependent populations in Maine's three largest cities are forming a union.

Portland-based Preble Street, which provides services to people experiencing homelessness, hunger and poverty, is getting two federal grants totaling more than a million dollars.

One is to help homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youths in southern Maine find supportive housing, and the second is for efforts to combat human trafficking.

Preble Street’s Elena Schmidt says almost 40 percent of homeless youth report being LGBTQ. She says $625,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeks to address their particular needs.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Homeless advocates and health professionals in Portland are accusing state officials of using mentally ill homeless people as political pawns.