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Advocates for 'Housing First' program speak in Augusta in favor of new bill


Preble Street says the Housing First program saves the community money, resulting in fewer police calls, emergency room visits, and jail stays. (WGME)
Preble Street says the Housing First program saves the community money, resulting in fewer police calls, emergency room visits, and jail stays. (WGME)
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AUGUSTA (WGME) -- A bill in Augusta is looking to help fund 24-hour supportive services for site-based Housing First programs.

This approach helps those experiencing homelessness find permanent housing and helps to take them out of the cycle of homelessness.

Members of Preble Street were in Augusta today to speak in favor of the bill. Advocates say it has been a successful solution for people experiencing chronic homelessness.

“We can make history here in Maine," said Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross. "We have the ability to do something that no other state has done by ending chronic homelessness. This unique opportunity is now. The resources are available now, and the time to take action is now.”

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Preble Street says the Housing First program saves the community money, resulting in fewer police calls, emergency room visits, and jail stays.

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