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A call for action from Dr. Peter Bates

December 21, 2016

Each year on the longest night of homelessness, Preble Street, Homeless Voices for Justice, community leaders and concerned neighbors gather for the annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil to remember our homeless friends who have died and recommit ourselves to the task of ending homelessness.

So far in 2016, 32 people living in Portland, Maine, have died without homes.

“As a doctor, I know that if this were a new disease in a new community there would be a rampant call for action. And the fact that there isn’t always makes me sad, but also tells me how much work there is to do,” Dr. Peter Bates, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Maine Medical Center about the urgent need to find solutions to homelessness during this year’s vigil on December 21, 2016.