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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 cities and towns need younger people. But we don’t have a good system for welcoming new arrivals, connecting them to systems, and integrating them into our communities and our workforce.

That’s why 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 for decades to come.

THE CHALLENGE

Rising Numbers, Lack of Coordination

Our current system is reactive, not proactive... and it's not really a "system."

New families

arrive each week

Due to civil unrest, war, poverty, famine, and climate shocks, more people are expected to flow into Maine over time.

Temporary placements

are scattered & disorganized

Families shelter wherever space can be found, sometimes without important amenities (kitchens, showers, sufficient sleeping space or restrooms). With families so scattered, services are tough to access and deliver.

Hotel availability

is unpredictable and inconsistent

Rooms people are using today may not be available tomorrow, next week, or next month.

The hotel approach

is 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 12-15 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 (~650 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:

Reduced burden on municipalities and service providers.

Stable landing place for new families.

Space to provide and access services.

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.

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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