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Support LD 1478: An Act to Decriminalize Homelessness

At Preble Street, we know that the solution to homelessness is housing, not handcuffs. That is why we support LD 1478: An Act to Decriminalize Homelessness. Join us in telling the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety that they must pass this important legislation! Click here to send an email to the

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Help pass LD 996! Dental care IS health care!

This Monday, April 26, at 1 pm there is a public hearing for LD 996: An Act to Improve Dental Access for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes. Currently, Mainers with low-income over the age of 21 do not have access to preventative, diagnostic, and restorative dental services. This leaves them in pain with abscesses, tooth decay,

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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

UPDATE MAY 3, 2021: The Judiciary Committee will be taking public testimony on this bill at a public hearing this Thursday, May 6 at 9am. We need you to contact the Judiciary Committee to express why this bill should not be passed. Please email the Committee members, submit written testimony, or testify live in opposition

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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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