Portland Mayor Joins Protest Against DHHS Move

PORTLAND, Maine – Protestors marched again today against the planned move of the Department of Health and Human Services offices from its current location in Portland, to a new site in South Portland. They’ve been demonstrating against the move every month since December.

The LePage administration says the move will save the state money and provide better access to services for many Cumberland County residents. But Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, who spoke at the demonstration, says neither.

“This is a no-win situation for everybody,” he said. “It’s a no-win situation for people that need to access services, it’s a no-win situation for the state because they’re not saving money.”

Advocates for DHHS clients say, for most, the move will make using services a lot harder, and that it will actually cost the state money. Brennan says it’s not a “done deal” yet.