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Preble Street Partners With USM To Open A Shelter In University Gym

March 28, 2020 | Maine Public

The University of Southern Maine says it will partner with Preble Street to convert the Sullivan Gymnasium on the school’s Portland campus to a temporary 24-hour shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

In a press release, USM says the shelter will open as soon as possible, and that it is to stay open as long as social distancing guidelines are in place. Preble Street staff and volunteers will run the shelter, with help from the Maine State Housing Authority and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Preble Street’s Executive Director Mark Swann said, “Because we’re extremely concerned about the potentially devastating effects of the COVID-19 public health crisis on people who are the most vulnerable — homeless and immunocompromised — we’re grateful to be working with the University of Southern Maine, the State of Maine, and MaineHousing on an immediate and concerted response to meet their needs.”

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