Portland gathers for Annual Homeless Vigil in honor of the 51 people who have died in 2022

A vigil to remember friends from the Greater Portland homeless community who have died will take place December 21 at 4:30pm. A crowd will gather in front of the MMC-Preble Street Learning Collaborative at 20 Portland Street and proceed by candlelight to Monument Square. Every year on the Winter Solstice — the longest night of homelessness … Read more

All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Today, the Biden-Harris administration released a federal plan for ending homelessness in America that includes an ambitious goal of reducing homelessness 25% by 2025. All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness outlines new strategies to prevent homelessness and increase the supply of housing with supportive services. “We have a homelessness crisis … Read more

Homeless Voices for Justice hosts Candidate Forums Friday, October 21, and Monday, October 24

Homeless Voices for Justice (HVJ) is holding their 2022 Candidate Forums as part of their You Don’t Need a Home to Vote campaign. The forums will feature candidates for Portland City Council and the Maine State House of Representatives. These forums allow candidates to listen to, answer the questions of, and learn from a constituency … Read more

Longest Day of Homelessness Summer Solstice Vigil

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 8AM-5PM TOMMY’S PARK, PORTLAND On Friday, June 17 from 8am-5pm, Homeless Voices for Justice (HVJ) will be at Tommy’s Park in Portland for the 15th Annual Longest Day of Homelessness Sit-out, to draw attention to the fact that homelessness is tragic no matter the season.At 12pm, HVJ members and elected officials ― … Read more

Discrimination Against Homelessness Pilot Project

Have you or someone you know experienced discrimination based on your housing status? Last year, Homeless Voices for Justice successfully advocated for the passage of the Discrimination Against Homelessness Pilot Project, which directs the Maine Human Rights Commission (MHRC) to collect complaints of discrimination based on housing status. This includes complaints that a person was … Read more

2020 Homeless Voices For Justice Candidate Interviews

As part of their You Don’t Need A Home To Vote campaign, Homeless Voices for Justice held virtual interviews with federal, state, and city candidates to provide the opportunity to listen to, answer the questions of, and learn from a constituency with lived-experience of homelessness, poverty, and hunger. Topics this year included unsheltered homelessness, affordable … Read more

Homeless advocates hold 'sit out' to raise awareness in Portland

PORTLAND (WGME) — Homeless advocates held a “sit out” to raise awareness in Portland. Many people supporting the effort at Tommy’s Park Tuesday morning are experiencing homelessness themselves. For the last nine years, advocates with the group Homeless Voices for Justice have come together around the longest day of the year to let people know … Read more