A Busy 131 Legislative Session for Preble Street

Advocacy has been embedded into the Preble Street mission since our founding in 1975. In tandem with our Site-based Housing First programs, the Food Security Hub, Rapid Re-Housing and many other programs, Preble Street conducts advocacy and policy work through multiple channels to address homelessness, hunger, and poverty. Our advocacy includes community organizing, with events like the Annual Longest Day of Homelessness; policy advocacy, writing testimony on relevant legislation; and systems advocacy, encompassing all of Preble Street’s efforts to create systemic change to address systems that perpetuate inequity. 

Preble Street takes seriously its responsibility as a social work agency to advocate for sound public policies and legislation that reflects our values as an organization and that is informed by listening to those we serve. In this 131 Legislative Session, the Preble Street Advocacy team worked diligently to provide comprehensive testimony to the Maine Legislature on relevant bills to secure funding for Preble Street programs and address systemic inequities. 

Preble Street's History

Read about the history of Preble Street and its evolution from 1975 to today.

See below for a summary of all the bills Preble Street, including Homeless Voices for Justice, a grassroots, social change organization led by advocates with lived experience of homelessness and poverty, testified on during the short session (January-March 2024). The bills that made it out of committee, noted below, are with the Appropriations Committee for potential inclusion in the Governor’s final budget. 

131 Legislative Session Summary

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URGENT – We need ongoing funding for low-barrier shelters!

Maine is experiencing a homelessness crisis, and our critical low-barrier shelters may close without sustainable and ongoing funding. The Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs just approved one-time funding for low-barrier shelters. We thank the AFA Committee for their support; however, emergency and low-barrier shelters need ongoing, annual funding to remain open and operational. We need

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Pass LD 2007: When the Wabanaki Thrive, We all Thrive

We are proud to submit the testimony below to the Judiciary Committee and stand in alignment with the Wabanaki Alliance. Dear Senator Carney, Representative Moonen, and members of the Judiciary Committee, My name is Terence Miller and I am the Advocacy Director at Preble Street. I am writing to testify in support of LD 2007:

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Take Action Now: Permanent Funding for Shelters

Significant and ongoing funding is needed to keep Maine’s professional, low-barrier shelters open. On Friday, February 23, 2024, the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs will consider funding for emergency shelters and low-barrier shelters. Please reach out to the AFA committee, using the drafted email below or with a personalized email. You can refer to the bottom of the

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