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Maine Voices: Urgent action needed to address the affordable housing crisis in Portland

A new coalition supports a temporary cap on rent increases and a six-month ban on no-cause evictions.
June 01, 2016 | Portland Press Herald

It is clear that Portland is in the midst of a housing crisis … Over 100 no-cause evictions have occurred in just the past six months. People who thought they had left homelessness behind have been thrown out once again to desperately seek housing and return to the shelters …

In response to this emergency situation, a group of tenants, social service providers and housing advocates formed the Portland Coalition for Housing Justice. The coalition’s members include the New Mainers Tenants’ Association, the Portland Tenants’ Union, the South Portland Tenants’ Association, Portland-Outright, Preble Street, The Opportunity Alliance, Hope Acts, Shalom House and Homeless Voices for Justice …

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