Annual survey shows Portland’s problem of homelessness by the numbers

… William Burney, director of the HUD field office in Maine, and Jon Bradley, associate director of Preble Street, an agency that serves homeless people, participated in Wednesday night’s survey.

Despite an overall decline in homelessness, Portland officials have noted an increase in homeless people sleeping outside, even as encampments and overgrown areas around the city have been cleared.

“You won’t see as many now because of the weather and because a concerted effort is being made to get people indoors,” Bradley said …

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