Portland’s fight with state over shelter costs puts focus on ‘broken system’ statewide

Mark Swann, executive director of Preble Street in Portland, said that on any given night the state’s 42 shelters are housing roughly 1,000 Mainers.

"We desperately need your help," Swann told lawmakers Monday. "We’re turning people away each night. Shelter directors, I can tell you, we all hold our breath knowing how dangerously understaffed we are at times. The fragility of our shelter system cannot be overstated …" 

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