Lewiston City Council to Consider Proposal for City’s First 24-Hour Homeless Shelter

Lewiston City Council to Consider Proposal for City’s First 24-Hour Homeless Shelter

The proposed shelter would house 24 people, providing access to day and night services.



Louison is a soup kitchen and services for the homeless community, but there is no 24-hour shelter. Now leaders of Maine’s second-largest city will meet to hear proposals for the one of these shelters. WTTW News Workshop Clark is live outside City Hall with this story. Well, Lewiston City Council will meet in an hour to hear a proposal for a new homeless shelter and resource center and some say the effort is long overdue. I believe we need a refuge here in Lewistown, the second largest city. Megan Parks, councilor and social worker in Lewiston, said in 2000 and nine community members released a plan to end homelessness in 10 years, 10 years having expired four years ago and we don’t ‘still have none of these aspects of this plan in place. . Lewistown currently has four homeless shelters, none of which offer 24-hour service. Kevin Bullard, president of Cadence Kitchen Food Pantry, tells me that there are large groups of homeless people on the streets because that these shelters only allow people to stay overnight. A lot of these people, you know, are dealing with challenges that the normal person doesn’t, whether it’s social anxieties or mental health issues. So I think throwing people out on the street during the day and telling them, you know, come back at five o’clock, is doing those people a huge disservice. The proposed shelter would house approximately 24 men and women, each will have their own space, their own room with a bed, a mini fridge, a place to have some autonomy and privacy and security park says there is a $1.7 million home application, a federal fund that is currently coming to Lewiston and Auburn That doesn’t usually happen and can support this type of program. In this way, it is not the responsibility of local taxpayers. City Council and trustees will be asked to approve a request for $350,000 of these funds at a separate meeting of City Council. If not now, it probably won’t happen again for a very long time. The proposed shelter will be located in downtown Lewiston, not far from Kennedy Park, but the exact address has not been made public. Live in Clewiston. I’m Talia Clarke for WMTW News Eight.

Lewiston City Council to Consider Proposal for City’s First 24-Hour Homeless Shelter

The proposed shelter would house 24 people, providing access to day and night services.

Lewiston City Council members heard a proposal from representatives of the Lewiston Auburn Transitional Resource Center, on a proposal to establish a 24-hour homeless shelter and resource center. Lewiston counts four homeless shelters, but none of them are open 24 hours a day. Shelters in the area allow clients to stay overnight, but homeless people are forced to leave these shelters during the day. Kevin Boilard, President of Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry, said: “A lot of these people are dealing with challenges the normal person doesn’t have, whether it’s social anxiety or mental health. Just throwing people out on the street during the day and telling them to come back at 5 am I think is doing those people a huge disservice. Megan Parks, a counselor and social worker in Lewiston, says the proposed shelter will house around 24 men and women. Parks said, “Everyone will have their own space — their own room with a bed, a mini-fridge, a place to have some independence, some privacy, and some security.” The proposed shelter will be located in downtown Lewiston not far from Kennedy Park. An exact address has not been made public. Lewiston and Auburn are receiving $1.7 million in federal Home-APPA funds to specifically support housing instability and homelessness. At a separate city council meeting, members will be asked to approve a request for $350,000 of those funds to purchase and redesign the shelter.

Lewiston City Council members heard a proposal from representatives of the Lewiston Auburn Transitional Resource Center, on a proposal to establish a 24-hour homeless shelter and resource center.

Lewiston has four homeless shelters, but none of them are open 24 hours a day. Shelters in the area allow clients to stay overnight, but homeless people are forced to leave these shelters during the day.

Kevin Boilard, President of Kaydenz Kitchen Food Pantry, said: “A lot of these people are dealing with challenges the normal person doesn’t have, whether it’s social anxiety or mental health. Just throwing people out on the street during the day and telling them to come back at 5 am I think is doing those people a huge disservice.

Megan Parks, a counselor and social worker in Lewiston, says the proposed shelter will house around 24 men and women.

Parks said, “Everyone will have their own space — their own room with a bed, a mini-fridge, a place to have some independence, some privacy, and some security.”

The proposed shelter will be located in downtown Lewiston not far from Kennedy Park. The exact address has not been made public.

Lewiston and Auburn are receiving $1.7 million in federal Home-APPA funds to specifically support housing instability and homelessness. At a separate city council meeting, members will be asked to approve a request for $350,000 of those funds to purchase and redesign the shelter.

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