Sleeping out in bone-chilling cold: Maine's homeless struggle to cope

As Mainers get ready for another night of snow and freezing temperatures, there are some who are sleeping without a roof over their heads – people like 35-year old Matt Coffey. Coffey camps out in a wooded area somewhere in greater Portland – he doesn’t want to disclose the exact location for fear of being … Read more

Maine homeless suffering, surviving

With temperatures plunging below zero early Tuesday morning, many of Portland’s homeless faced life-threatening cold. Preble Street, a private nonprofit social service agency, sends teams of outreach workers to campsites in the city each morning to offer extra blankets, flashlights and hand warmers, and to offer people help to find permanent housing. "When it’s cold, … Read more

Homeless urged to shelters as Maine braces for snowstorm

With temperatures frigid and this season’s first major snowfall approaching, outreach teams in Portland urged the homeless Friday to come into emergency shelters. Weather that cold is particularly hard on the homeless, said John Bradley, associate director of the Preble Street social service agency in Portland. "We’ve been worrying about the weather for the last … Read more

Cold weather leads to crowded shelters

PORTLAND (WGME) — The Oxford Street Shelter is expecting more than 500 people as the temperature drops Wednesday night. The overflow space at the Preble Street Resource Center typically holds 75 and repairs were made in time to accommodate all of those people, but shelter directors say many will still be left out in the … Read more

Top U.S. housing official visits Maine

U.S. housing official Barbara Poppe pays a visit today to the Joe Kriesler Teen Shelter at Preble Street in Portland. One of the federal government’s top housing officials has been visiting a couple of homeless shelters in Maine’s biggest city. Barbara Poppe, the executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, toured the Florence … Read more

Obama official: Portland's homeless need more permanent solutions

The Obama administration’s top official dedicated to ending homelessness is in Portland this week to meet with administrators of shelters and speak at a conference on homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. As executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Barbara Poppe is responsible for administering Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive … Read more

Portland homeless shelters at full capacity

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — On an average night last September, 500 people were staying at Portland homeless shelter — a record-breaking month for the city. Portland shelters are at full capacity, looking for overflow spaces and housing solutions for the growing homeless population. At Preble Street, they’re seeing an increase in elderly clients, many … Read more

New grant to help Maine victims of sex trafficking

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland’s Preble Street Resources Center is getting a $400,000 grant to help young women escape from sex trafficking. The social services agency will begin receiving the first $200,000 installment of the two-year grant from the Department of Justice this fall. Part of it will be used to develop a statewide network … Read more

Portland coalition takes aim at human trafficking

PORTLAND – A coalition led by social service agency Preble Street has received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to provide services for victims of human trafficking in Cumberland and York counties. With the two-year grant, the Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Coalition will provide outreach, health and legal services, case management and other … Read more

Portland agency gets grant to help human trafficking victims

An agency in Portland that assists the homeless and those with low incomes has received a $400,000 federal grant to support a coalition that will provide services to victims of human trafficking in southern Maine. Preble Street Executive Director Mark Swann says sex trafficking and exploitation, along with labor trafficking, are growing problems in York … Read more