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May 24, 2017

As the President Proposes Major Slashes to Anti-Poverty Programs, Hunger in Maine Persists

As President Trump proposes major cuts to anti-poverty programs in the federal budget, Mainers brace for increased homelessness and hunger. The president’s proposed budget rides the coat tails of deep reductions by Maine state government that resulted in 20,000 Mainers losing food assistance in recent years.

“We need a government that invests in people, not just artillery,” said Timothy Keefe, a U.S. Navy Veteran who was dropped from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) last year due to state-level policy choices like the proposals in the president’s budget. Keefe, who was injured at work, became homeless and slept in a tent all winter. He lacks access to healthcare and food assistance and now must skip multiple meals each day.

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May 03, 2017

Farewell 2016-17 Interns!

2016-17 Preble Street Interns
Preble Street bid farewell last week to its 2016-17 class of social work interns

This prestigious and competitive social work placement opportunity has been key to meeting the Preble Street mission since it was founded by Joe Kreisler, chair of the University of Southern Maine social work department. The Preble Street internship program has trained more than 400 social workers in its more-than-40-year history.

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April 27, 2017

“We all deserve the dignity of … a home.”

We see a lot of sadness at Preble Street as those we care about struggle with the tragedy and violence of poverty, untreated mental illness, relentless hunger and the disease of addictions.

We're certainly blessed, however, to bear witness when a client graduates from school, secures a job, finds a new home, or accesses the services they need and deserve. Those of us who work at Preble Street feel honored to share in those joyful moments, and we celebrate those successes.

Now is one of those times to celebrate - times 30!

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in the news

May 24, 2017

Cutting aid to poor people doesn’t magically make them less poor

Reducing assistance for poor people in the U.S. is a centerpiece of the budget the Trump administration unveiled Tuesday. It calls for huge cuts to Medicaid, Social Security disability payments, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, food assistance and other anti-poverty programs. It also would pass more responsibility for many of these programs to states and implement work requirements, like Maine’s, to be eligible for assistance. On the other side of the ledger, it would lower taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

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May 04, 2017

More homeless escape streets as Portland opens 30 new apartments

In Joe Meyers’ new apartment, he has a potted succulent on the windowsill. He has a bed with a blue bedspread. He has shelves stocked with oatmeal and canned vegetables.

But his favorite part is the door.

“I can close the door and be left alone,” Meyers said. “This is a life-changing type of thing. I’m 62, but this is still a life-changing type of thing.”

Meyers has been homeless in Portland off and on for 17 years. He is one of 30 new tenants at Huston Commons, Portland’s third housing development for the chronically homeless.

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April 07, 2017

Homelessness in Maine down, shelters still full

According to Maine State Housing Authority, homelessness statewide is at its lowest number since 2010. But the city of Portland’s Oxford Street Shelter, which is designed to sleep 154 people sees on average 220 people every night.

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events

June 06, 2017

The Night Kitchen

The Night Kitchen, a full length, original musical comedy, will be performed at Portland Stage Company. All proceeds will benefit Preble Street.

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