Community shelter strategy keeps homeless housed during cold winter months

6:29 PM, Mar 14, 2014   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Winter has been hard for a lot of people across our state this year and that's especially true for thousands of Mainers who don't have a home.

Staffers at homeless shelters in the Bangor area said their rooms were full on many cold nights this season. However, they also said that can happen any night of the year.

The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter works with other organizations to ensure people have options to stay off the street. Staffers there can refer those in need to other shelters when their rooms are full. People who are dealing with drug and alcohol problems or mental health issues can also be directed to the Hope House.

Even in cases where guests act out, they do have resources to which they can turn.

"We work with other shelters, we work with the crisis unit, we work with the Bangor Police Department," Hope House supervisor Bruce Hews said. "We collaborate with the Shaw House and all those other agencies to make sure everyone's in a safe place."  

Advocates also said if space is full at their shelters, there is another option. General assistance funds from the city can help a person or a family in need get lodging at a motel until they can find other housing.


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