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Press conference: Statewide Homeless Council to unveil efforts to end homelessness

Release Date: Jul 10, 2017


Many people have been working collectively to end homelessness in Maine. On Tuesday, July 11 we will hold a press conference to recognize three important milestones of that effort, including the unveiling of the latest statistics regarding progress made over the past year.

Event details:

When:     Tuesday, July 11 at 2:00 PM

Where:    MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta

Cullen Ryan
(207) 879-0347

Homelessness in Maine in 2017 – A review of the latest statistics from FY17
“Homelessness in Maine continues to decline, the average stay in a shelter has decreased, and the total number of Long Term Stayers (LTS) has declined as well. Thanks to the dedication and concerted efforts of a broad group of diverse people and organizations across Maine, we are making progress towards ending homelessness.”  -- MaineHousing Director John Gallagher,

The latest statistics on homelessness will be unveiled at this press conference. 

Long Term Stayers (LTS) are defined as people staying over 180 cumulative days in shelters (or outdoors) within a 365 day period (not necessarily consecutive). 

Camden National Bank’s Hope@Home Program
Camden National Bank recognizes that in every community, people experiencing homelessness need help, hope, and a chance for a better life.  As a community bank, Camden National Bank is dedicated to working with local shelters and other charitable organizations whose mission is to provide vital assistance to those in need.  Camden Nation Bank’s Hope@Home program donates $100 to a community shelter within its footprint every time a customer finances a new home.  Since the program’s launch in 2015, the Hope@Home program has made a measurable difference for homeless shelters in Maine, and the people whom they work to find safe, stable housing in the community.

Hope@Home milestones:

  • $183,960 has been donated through Hope@Home since the program’s launch in 2015
  • 48 shelters have been supported throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts

Maine’s Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness
Maine has a Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness that is designed to continually involve everyone working to end homelessness in Maine.  It was created by a diverse group of stakeholders from the Statewide Homeless Council and the three Regional Homeless Councils.  Throughout the course of the past six months, a sub-committee of the Statewide Homeless Council worked to revise and update the Plan, marking the second time the Plan has been amended since its inception in 2008. 

The plan forms a blueprint for how Maine can end and prevent homelessness. 

The Plan very simply calls for everyone who is homeless to secure permanent housing with an adequate support network.  There are four specific goals:

  1. That emergency shelters and outreach programs work together to quickly engage people and move them into housing, and provide them with support that follows them from emergency through to stability in the community. 
  2. That there is an adequate supply of appropriate housing and rental subsidies to allow stability. 
  3. That issues such as mental illness, substance use, and traumatic brain injury receive adequate support or treatment to allow stability. 
  4. That all other issues underlying homelessness, such as poverty, self-esteem, and skill development are addressed, and an adequate support system is in place to allow stability. 

The Plan specifies how to accomplish each of these goals through specific objectives and strategies. 

“Many people have been working collectively to end homelessness in Maine.  We have a clear plan and we are making progress in ending homelessness, but we still have a long way to go.  I am very pleased with the leadership shown by Camden National Bank.  Their Hope@Home program is exactly the kind of thing businesses can do to help.  It will take all of us working together to end homelessness.”  -- Cullen Ryan, Acting Chair of Maine’s Statewide Homeless Council.

Please join us in recognizing and celebrating the success of programs, initiatives, and planning efforts underway at Thursday’s press event. 

Event details:

When:     Tuesday, July 11th at 2:00 PM

Where:    MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta

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