LANDLORDS CAN HELP END HOMELESSNESS IN MAINE
Homelessness in Maine continues to increase due in part to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and the affordable housing crisis. In the first year of the pandemic, the amount of time it took to connect people experiencing homelessness to housing extended from an average of 86 to 232 days.
The good news is HOMELESSNESS IS A SOLVABLE PROBLEM. To address homelessness in Maine, we need landlords.
KEY INFORMATION FOR LANDLORDS WHO WANT TO HELP
Preble Street will not refer a client to you unless we believe the agreement will work financially. If we are referring a client to you, we have a plan.
Preble Street staff build genuine, trusting relationships with the people we serve, and with client consent we’re able to share information to help you with admission decisions.
Our programs — which include Veterans Housing Services, Teen Housing Services, Health Services, and Rapid Re-Housing — provide professional support for you and your tenants. If you work with us, and a tenant issue arises, we can help mediate and resolve tenant issues through the professional support we provide.
We work with clients both before and after they are housed, and for as long as they need to ensure stability. If a client is no longer enrolled in our program, our outreach staff can still provide check-ins.
Supporting people experiencing homelessness helps individuals and the greater community. If you have available units and want to rent them to people experiencing homelessness, please reach out to us at LandlordsHelp@preblestreet.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Assistance accessing public benefits and community resources
- Budget counseling
- Referrals to employment specialists
- Connection to medical and mental healthcare
- Limited financial assistance
The role of Preble Street staff is to support tenants so they can meet the terms of their lease and be successful in rental housing. We help tenants overcome challenges in their tenancy, but we are not able to enforce rental-housing laws on the landlord’s behalf. Working with Preble Street in no way impacts a landlord’s duty to follow all applicable rental housing laws.
Our goal is to provide landlords and tenants with an open line of communication to solve Landlord-Tenant concerns before the need of escalation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the case manager or organization working with that client.
LEARN ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF MOVING INTO HOUSING
Larry, a U.S. Navy Veteran, has lived in Maine since junior high. Unfortunately, due to rising housing, utility, and food costs, he found himself facing homelessness at age 63. After hearing about Preble Street Veterans Housing Services from a fellow Veteran and friend, he decided to reach out. “I got Kate as my case manager,
Sitting at his kitchen table in the apartment he’s been living in since Spring 2023, 27-year-old Mark is hopeful. “I just have a lot more peace of mind and feel more at peace with myself. I can relax and work on maintaining my mental health. I feel like I’m actually part of life and society,
Erin’s Story On a beautiful, sunny day in May, Erin talks about her home with a bright smile on her face. “It’s so comforting to know you’re home. It’s your home. It’s just a sense of security you don’t have when you’re in the shelter.” Five years ago, Erin and her partner, Jackson, lost their