Responding to the opioid epidemic with H.O.U.S.E

April 08, 2019

As hundreds more Mainers are killed by the opioid epidemic, Preble Street is proud to continue fighting for LD 1337: An Act To Save Lives by Establishing a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Program (H.O.U.S.E.). This bill gives Mainers who are struggling with homelessness and substance use disorder access to the treatment, support services, and housing assistance they need to find recovery and stability.

On Monday, April 8, Preble Street joined dozens of community members and partners at the State House to testify in support of the bill and to say no more excuses, no more waiting, and no more lives lost!

“We cannot continue to delay action,” said Ashish Shrestha, Team Leader and Intensive Case Worker at Preble Street. “We cannot continue to allow our most vulnerable community members to literally languish on the sidewalks and streets. We must have the courage to provide dignity and hope, stability and recovery, treatment and housing, because this community cannot bear one more loss, one more year of suffering, one more long winter of being literally shut out in the cold.”