The Impact of Social Work

“In my time working here, I’ve been able to provide people with many things. I’ve given people vouchers, I’ve helped people move into apartments, I’ve helped somebody repair their vehicle. I’ve provided all of these material things. But time and time again, when people talk to me about what was most important to them, it’s been … Read more

100 Veterans Housed!

Veteran Housing

100 Maine Veterans who were homeless in 2021 are warm, safe, and housed as we enter the winter months — including a Veteran who had been homeless for over 900 days, and a family with seven children. Thanks to massive outreach by caseworkers and community partners, the 100 Veteran Challenge was a resounding success! Veteran … Read more

Initiative to house 100 Maine Veterans in 100 days

By Chloe Teboe; News Center Maine Homelessness isn’t a new issue, but the pandemic lasting a year and a half and counting has created new and unprecedented challenges. People from all walks of life have been impacted, and one group that is particularly at risk is veterans. According to the Portland-based nonprofit Preble Street, there has … Read more

Permanent housing for 56 veterans and their families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Jen Tibbals 207-775-0026 x1117 communications@preblestreet.org Preble Street Receives Grant from Disabled Veterans National Foundation PORTLAND, ME (December 11, 2020) Preble Street Veterans Housing Services (VHS) assists veterans and their families in finding and maintaining stable housing and works to end homelessness among veterans throughout Maine. VHS services include case management, intensive … Read more

Senator Angus King signs on to Mayor’s Challenge

“I, Angus King, United States Senator of Maine hereby pledge my support… to the work of the Maine Homeless Veteran Action Committee and the system it has developed to ensure homelessness among military veterans is rare, brief, and non-recurring.”   Senator Angus King is the latest public official to sign onto the Mayor’s Challenge, a call … Read more

Medicaid expansion can help Maine’s homeless veterans access care

Refusal to expand Maine’s Medicaid program has left many homeless veterans to suffer in shelters and on the street. Maine has the fifth highest per capita population of veterans in the nation, and Medicaid is essential for veterans. Yet we have repeatedly turned our backs. Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness than the overall population, and … Read more

18-unit affordable housing complex opens in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine —A number of formerly homeless veterans now have a place to call home, thanks to a new property in Portland. Thomas Heights held its grand opening celebration Wednesday. The 18-unit affordable housing property is on Washington Avenue. The building was named for Thomas Ptacek, an advocate for homeless veterans. With a shortage in … Read more

Taking affordable housing to new "Heights"

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Formerly homeless veterans are getting a new lease on life thanks to an affordable housing project in Portland. “Thomas Heights” is an 18-unit efficiency apartment building, with five of those units housing previously homeless vets. Avesta Housing was able to complete the $3.6 million dollar project with help from city … Read more