Homelessness advocates sit in for summer solstice

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While many of us will be enjoying the extra hours of daylight on Saturday, thousands of homeless people around the state will be struggling just to get through the day.

That's the message members of Homeless Voices for Justice are sharing. They gathered in Tommy's Park in Portland from sunrise to sunset to educate people about a day in the life of a homeless person. They say from the moment they wake up, they are constantly waiting in lines for food, bathrooms, and showers, in addition to meeting with counselors, and searching for housing.

Housing for the homeless has also become a priority for the federal government. It recently awarded $1.2 million in grants to homeless assistance programs around the state that support permanent and transitional housing.

The funding is being allocated as follows:

• Counseling Services, Inc. / CSI Woodbridge Renewal Project, Saco: $68,247

• Milbridge Harbor Apartments, Machias: $29,903

• Preble Street / Residential Support Program, Portland: $939,176

• Shaw House / Shaw House Waterworks Supportive Housing Program, Bangor: $107,256

• Tedford Housing / 19 Pleasant Street, Augusta: $6,727

• Tedford Housing / Everett Street Apartments, Brunswick: $16,283

• The Opportunity Alliance / 22 Park Avenue Rapid Re-housing, Portland: $47,827

• York County Shelter Programs, Inc. / Brand New Day: $32,697


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