October 28, 2021

Homeless shelters receive grants

AUGUSTA — The Maine State Housing Authority has awarded $350,000 in grants to 37 homeless shelters in Maine, including seven in the Bangor area, said Dwight Sewell, MSHA director.

The program is the state-financed Shelter Operating Subsidy program, and grants are from $3,000 to nearly $25,000 to meet expenses or add services.

Those receiving grants in Bangor for beds are Atrium House, $7,000; Greater Bangor Area Shelter, $14,200; H.O.M.E. Inc., Orland, $15,400; Hope House Inc., $11,000; St. Michael’s Center, $7,000; Shaw House, $7,800; Spruce Run Association, $10,200. In Dover-Foxcroft, Womencare Aegis received $3,000.

MSHA statistics show there are 360 people staying in homeless shelters each night and that in 1990 shelters indicated they served 10,000 admissions.

Sewell said that later this winter MSHA would allocate $150,000 more, based on occupancy rates. Since the program began $1.5 million has been granted to homeless shelters.

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