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Support LD 1034!

TOMORROW, April 14, at 10am there will be a hearing on LD 1034: An Act to Provide Funding to Support the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations. The Coalition on Racial Equity (CORE) stated that, “The Permanent Commission was formed in 2019 to examine racial disparities across all systems

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Volunteer of the Month: Paul

Many volunteers at the Preble Street Central Kitchen bring something special to the table, and Volunteer of the Month, Paul, is no exception! He recently offered to prepare a special Sichuan Beef dish and even donated some ingredients. “It was a different experience making it for 500 people, but I’m going to go ahead and

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LD 1238 would deny shelter access to transgender people

Maine is facing anti-transgender legislation. LD 1238: An Act to Protect Women’s Single-Sex Shelters would allow women’s shelters in our state to refuse access to people who are transgender. According to The National Alliance to End Homelessness, 63% of transgender individuals experiencing homelessness are unsheltered, compared to 49% of their cisgender counterparts. People who cannot

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Approximately 200 Preble Street clients received COVID-19 vaccinations last week

From Bangor Daily News: Health care and social service providers have teamed up to vaccinate “close to 200” clients against the virus. Many of them have experienced homelessness during the pandemic and weathered outbreaks within the city’s emergency shelter system. The ongoing vaccination effort has been led by Preble Street, Greater Portland Health and Homeless

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Statement on racial violence against Asians and Asian Americans

At Preble Street, we are deeply saddened and appalled by the recent incomprehensible murders of Asian women in Atlanta and the local attack on an Asian family in Maine. As an agency committed to promoting social justice and dismantling structural inequality, we stand with Asian and Asian American communities. Every human being deserves love, compassion, dignity, and

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Contact legislators and tell them to support LD 211!

TOMORROW, March 17, the Maine State Committee on Labor and Housing will vote whether to send LD 211: An Act to Support Emergency Shelter Access for Persons Experiencing Homelessness to the full legislature. This critical legislation would allocate $3 million in additional funding to homeless shelters in Maine, allowing them to provide life-saving services to

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We must stop preventable overdose deaths

“More people died of an overdose in Maine in 2020 than of COVID-19. Although we don’t have a vaccine for Substance Use Disorder, we do have an antidote. It is the evidenced-based practices that are proven effective in treating it — access to treatment, harm reduction services, and mental health and peer support, and perhaps

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Take action on LD 211 – #ShelterIsAHumanRight

UPDATED MARCH 1: As we wait for the Labor and Housing Committee to hold a work session on LD 211, please continue to email them your support of this bill. More information at Step 3 on the list below. TODAY, February 17, is the public hearing for LD 211: An Act to Support Emergency Shelter

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ACTION ALERT: Support emergency shelter in Maine!

Safe, dignified shelter is a human right, yet thousands of Mainers experience unsheltered homelessness on any given night. We need your voice or written statements on Wednesday, February 17 at 10am during a remote, public hearing on LD 211: An Act to Support Emergency Shelter Access for Persons Experiencing Homelessness. This bill seeks to provide

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