Statement on recent murders of men of color

On April 19, Mario Gonzalez was killed by Alameda, CA police. On March 31, Anthony Alvarez was fatally shot by a Chicago, IL policeman just two days after a different Chicago Police Officer fatally shot and killed 13-year-old Adam Toledo. These killings of men and boys of color in our country reflect the fact that … Read more

Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict and the Recent Murders of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color

Preble Street is relieved that Derek Chauvin has been held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. However, this verdict does not bring justice to Black communities, nor does it solve the centuries-long tradition of racist state violence in America. Yesterday, Andrew Brown, Jr. was killed by a police officer. In the last few weeks, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

ACTION ALERT: Act before January 1 to save people from living outside

At a public hearing NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, January 5 the City of Portland Planning Board will vote on the Preble Street conditional use application to open a permanent, specialized 24/7 Wellness Shelter at 5 Portland Street. Thank you to everyone who made their voices heard at the Planning Board workshops in October and early December. This … Read more

Preble Street Goes Virtual For Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil

Maine Public Preble Street Goes Virtual For Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil By NORA FLAHERTY Sixty-four people died in Portland while homeless in 2020. That’s according to the human services nonprofit Preble Street, which is holding its annual vigil virtually on Monday. Caitlin Corrigan, health services director at Preble Street, says the pandemic and recession have … Read more

Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil

On Monday, December 21 — the longest night of homelessness — we will be holding a virtual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil at We’ll share the names of the people we lost this year, a prayer from Grace Street Ministries, music from people experiencing homelessness, and more. The life expectancy of our friends who endure … Read more