As New Mainers settle here and we strive to expand our workforce, the need for transitional housing grows urgent.
Maine needs workers and our cities and towns need younger people. But we don’t have a good method 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.
Our current system is reactive - not proactive. It's not really a system.
Due to civil unrest, war, poverty, famine, and climate shocks, more people are expected to flow into Maine over time.
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.
Rooms people are using today may not be available tomorrow, next week, or next month.
An average hotel room costs $240 per night, or $7,200 per month for one family.
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
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.
Partner with us today to establish transitional housing. With your help, we can invest in Maine families to strengthen Maine’s communities and economy. Use this form to donate or explore other ways to give below.
Our goal: $2 million by March 31, 2023!
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Questions? Feedback? Want to work together? Use the form below to contact Belinda Ray, GPCOG’s Director of Strategic Partnerships