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Investing in Maine’s People for a Bright, Sustainable Future.

As New Mainers settle here and we strive to expand our workforce, the need for transitional housing grows urgent.

ABOUT

Strengthening Maine’s Population

Maine needs workers and our communities need younger people. Safe in Maine is fundraising to establish transitional housing.

Transitional housing will help us realize the opportunity to resettle new families today as an investment in Maine’s future. And this housing will benefit generations of Mainers – both new and established – for decades to come.

THE CHALLENGE

Rising Numbers, Limited Housing, Lack of Coordination

We don’t have a good system in place.

New families

arrive each week

Today, about 1,000 new Mainers reside in emergency shelters and hotels across the state, with more expected to flow into Maine over time.

Temporary Placements

are scattered & disorganized

Families arrive at municipal general assistance offices and nonprofits and are placed wherever space can be found, sometimes without essential amenities (kitchens, showers, sufficient sleeping space or restrooms). With families so scattered, services are tough to access and administer.

Unpredictable Availability

Hotel rooms that are available today may not be available tomorrow, next week, or next month.

Expensive and Unsustainable

An average hotel room costs $240 per night, or $7,200 per month for one family.

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THE SOLUTION

Our Vision

We’re raising money to establish a transitional housing community for new Mainers.

Transitional housing is secure housing used short-term (average 12 months). It is designed to provide families with stability and support that will allow them to move to permanent housing. Our community features efficient homes (~600 square feet) arranged in pods with community space, recreational fields, walking trails, community gardens, and connections to essential services and systems.

See Our Proposal

Benefits of our transitional housing community:

A reduced burden on municipalities and service providers.

A stable landing place for new families.

Services are easier to provide and access.

Shortened stays in transitional housing.

An intentional system for integrating new arrivals into the community.

Saving money while increasing housing stock. Once this housing is built, it can serve us for many years to come.

We couldn’t do it without our partners.

Interested in Becoming a Partner?

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CONTACT

Need to get in touch?

Questions? Feedback? Want to work together? Use the form below to contact Belinda Ray, GPCOG’s Director of Strategic Partnerships