Reported By: Tom Porter
On any given night an estimated 660,000 Americans sleep on the street, or in homeless shelters. Here in Portland, that number is about 440, says Mark Swann. Swann is executive director of Preble Street, a resource center for the homeless in Maine’s largest city. He’s also one of the members of a task force on homelessness that presented its findings to Portland City Council Monday night.
Among the 25-page report’s recommendations are the creation of more permanent housing units for homeless people, as well the re-organization and “re-tooling” of the emergency shelter system, which Mark Swann says is under enormous pressure.
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