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.
We will not refer a client unless we believe it will work financially. If we are referring a client to you, we have a plan.
We 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 Veterans Housing Services (VHS) is to support Veteran 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 VHS 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 about a specific Veteran renting from you, please contact the case manager or organization working with that client.