Category Archives: Region 3

Important notice- Update Re:Private Documents on this site

UPDATE 6/24/2014 – Not as bad as we thought.

The good news is that this should mean that under normal conditions the private content on the site should stay private.

This issue has only been replicated on  on machines where the user has previously logged into the site using their username and password. It seems that even after you log out the site your machine may “remember” you.

We have had help from the FireFox folks to help evaluate and understand the problem outlined below. It seems that the issue is being caused by persistent cookies.


The Problem –This post is to make you aware of a newly discovered “bug” in the intended functionality for this site. The intent and functionality when this site was launched was to allow some documents and postings to be limited to some groups.

It has been discovered that this functionality no longer works as expected with some newer versions of the FireFox browser. (It works as expected in IE, Chrome, and Safari)

Other than the noted problem regarding limiting document access, the site is working as it should.

How does this impact what is done on this site? – It means that all documents are potentially available to any user who chooses to view that posting or document.  Given the way this site has been used up to now that should not be a major issue.

Existing Documents – If you have any documents which you wish to remove as a result of this change in functionality please let us know by putting in a help request with details of what you would like removed.

What we have done – We have done a number of troubleshooting tests to test the issue and rule out issues specific to this site which might be causing it.  The change in the look is one of these tests. We have returned the site to standard look (theme) that is provided by WordPress to rule out a theme specific problem and disabled all unneeded features to test if one of those was the problem.

Where we stand – We have put in bug reports and await any resolution from WordPress or FireFox to resolve this problem.  Sorry for the inconvenience,

SHC Meeting Reminder 6-10-14

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on June 10, 2014 from 9:30 to 2:00 at MaineHousing.

Please see the attached agenda for more information, including a call in number for those not able to attend in person.

Also included here are the Approved minutes from the April 8, 2014 meeting. Minutes from May will be posted once approved by SHC.

SHC Agenda 6-10-14

SHC Minutes 4-8-14

Reminder: MCOC Meeting 5-15-14

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of care will be meeting on 5-15-14 from 1:00 to 3:00. Please see the Agenda for details on available Tandberg locations where you can attend the meeting. Please note – We are adding a connection to the Lewiston Public Library this month and the location in Washington County has changed.

Below are links for the agenda, minutes from April, and a one page Summary of the MCOC Work Plan .

MCOC-Agenda- 5-15-14

MCOC-DRAFT-Minutes 4-17-14

Work Plan Summary 5-5-14


Reminder: Statewide Homeless Council Meeting 5-13-14

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on 5-13-14 from 9:30 to 2:00 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. There is a conference call option for those not able to attend in person. Please follow the link, below, to a copy of the Agenda for more details on this meeting. Minutes from the April meeting will be posted once approved.


Basic Center and Street Outreach Program Funding Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Basic Center Program and the Street Outreach Program

The Basic Center Program funds community-based programs that address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Basic center projects aim to increase young people’s safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of reuniting them with their families (as appropriate). Youth in crisis receive emergency shelter, counseling, and aftercare services. In addition, projects work to strengthen family relationships, and, in the absence of family reunification, help youth find safe and appropriate alternative living arrangements where they can become independent, self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

 Deadline for Applications: May 12, 2014.

 BCP Funding Opportunity Announcement

 The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and ultimately help them leave the streets. 

 Deadline for applications: May 12, 2014.

 Read the funding opportunity announcement.

1.08.14 Region 3 Homeless Coalition MINUTES

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – MINUTES

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

January 8, 2014 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm Note time change this meeting only

Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

Francine Stark (via telephone); Steve Eyler (via telephone); Kat Perkins (via telephone); Christine Brown (via telephone); MaryEllen Quinn (via telephone); Candy Eaton; Cullen Ryan; Awa Conteh; Rowena Griffin; Karen Martin

REGRETS:  Rindy Fogler, Dennis Marble, Dave McCluskey,

Statewide Homeless Council update:  Not met since December.  Next meeting 1/14/14 – Steve will represent Region 3

Rally this morning:  Cover Me Now – Maine People’s Alliance; press conference; meeting with representatives & senators; explain expansion of MaineCare coverage.  Within 1-2 weeks, hearing on expansion – packed, aiming for 400 people, lines out the door; counter demonstration re: welfare expansion. 

Good long conversation with Sen. Margaret Craven – bill entered today – calls for $750K to support homeless shelters.  She is well connected with New Beginnings – youth homelessness.  Tell the real story of people’s lives affected.  Dennis will be active on this bill.  Issue brought up to Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.

Discussion Topics:

1.      Pressing issues in Region III:

Rowena/BAHS residents are stuck – not eligible for any other voucher program.  If working, over income for GA, WRAP $ need MH diagnosis, folks who are working – need additional time to save $$ for security deposits, vouchers are taking some time, homelessness not priority for BRAP, STEP voucher (HOPE House) for people to get back on their feet within year, SSVF have funds for rapid rehousing, many lost MC 1/1/14, individual story re: lost MC / not able to afford $800 injections/month; those on disability (SSI) have full MC 30% or less; 2/3rds don’t have MC (Rowena to send #s);   discussed couple in van at Brewer Walmart

AWA – security deposits and loss of MC, do not meet criteria for MC – losing other services ie: case managers; inhumane, continues to provide case management.

Francine – same story – need vouchers really badly, access project-based voucher, used other grant funding for security deposits; gathers info re: shelter residents MC status;

Steve – 30 days, transportation remains issue, housing, employment challenges, vouchers dried up, easily less than 50% do not have MaineCare; 43 beds; 466 people turned away (2012); for everyone helped, turned away 3; could only help 25% of those who requested; (2013) 180 unduplicated, turned away 2.25 times; only ones they know about.  Busiest in springtime – nowhere else to turn; same story across the state;

Kat (Spruce Run) – agree with voucher shortage – housing is full-time job; 50% have / 50% do not have MC;

Christine (AMHC) – WRAP, BRAP, Shelter+Care, Section 17 related, much higher volume who have lost MC, TBI rehabilitation lost MC – cannot access services thru brain-injury program.  Excellent story for LD hearing; sent request to CI programs re: client stories – difference between MC/non-MC – value recovery; transportation continues to be large issue.  Good situation in vouchers, re: PATH services, BRAP vouchers – continue to ask.  AMHC will take referrals from other agencies as long as they have capacity & funding.   Compliments to Steve serving homeless population and partnerships; noted decentralized areas in need of shelter.

MaryEllen Quinn (CHCS) – change in non-cat availability – may not be seeing the full impact yet – paying for therapy, addiction treatment, med management, etc.  Huge impact over next 3 months (negative).  Increase jail census.  Important to stay vocal.  Seeing people who are still living in cars – severe this time of year.  Some couch-surfing.  No resources for emergency motel.  Coordination meeting with 1st responders (crisis) and shelter folks to keep communication open.  More pressure on shelters.  In PATH – not serving MC funded.  Non-cat did not pay for CI.  State funding to keep continuity.  When CHCS opens up CI – how to communicate info.  Brian Moynihan is intake coordinator for CHCS. 

Karen (VA) – not as many referrals, don’t have health care access issue, vets sitting in shelters not eligible for VA services – getting upsurge of people living in cars, not willing to consider shelters.   5 nights couch-surfing vs. 25 nights in car.  Ellsworth guy couch-surfing / car – income too good for shelters ($2200/mo), made bad choices – tough to reach with treatment.

Common theme:  lack of rental vouchers; losing MaineCare eligibility at 1/1/14 – remember to discuss with media & legislators

2.      Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers (no update)

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council (no update)

Regional Council take on MaineCare expansion with local representatives. (no update)

State and Federal Updates

Point in time:  Maine COC conducts Point In Time in Maine (last Weds in January) conducted in collaboration with MSHA, collaborate with shelters, BPD ride-along, Hope House (2012) & BAHS went out with BPD, Karen wants to be trained (Awa will forward info to Karen); MSHA – housing inventory chart; if not in HMIS – receive paper version; may be a webinar that will be posted to MSHA website; shelters, streets, housing in transition, those in places unfit for human habitation; Public Health nurses participate;

2 bills:  funding for homeless shelters; expansion MC; cuts to GA – Governor painting picture of wide-spread

One targets immigrants (GA – Portland, Lewiston, Bangor) – lengthen time in order to be eligible for benefits; if have green card – eligible for any national program; asylum seekers – difficult paper trail; Catholic Charities – documents those they bring into the state;

Carryover bills – process in January; lots of vigor against those in poverty.  Governor moving Portland DHHS office to South Portland.  Cutting transportation funding. 

Fed:  National Housing Trust Fund – Mr. Watt – expect Maine to get $3 million for extremely low income housing development.  Food stamp benefits cut.

Nomination process for Chair

Karen wants to be co-chair; nominated

Rindy —  another possibility – Cullen to twist arm (Awa nominated Rindy)

Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Cullen’s project in Brewer (48 units – at least 12 will be for chronically homeless) – 2 years; efficiency apt. in Maine Hall available; Rowena / Awa have candidate;

Karen:  VASH openings (3) Bangor – has candidates to screen for these openings; SSVF supportive services for families – connect with Preble Street – since hired Robert Jones & Deb Hook (CHCS) starting Monday.  VASH coordinates with SSVF if organized properly.  SSVF designed for 3 month help – can extend to 6 months.

Awa:  collaborate with shelters long-term stayers, 3 ½ year camper got into nice building – spent Thanksgiving, Hope House just sent list of long term stayers – please get in touch with City of Bangor – also link with Case Management

Rowen:  not huge attendance on Saturday vigil (started freezing rain) – program was really good, ton of media coverage, Paul Edwards BPD impromptu opening with BAHS resident; Tripp Gardner’s boys sang, next year simulcast on local access;

Francine:  continue to provide services – very cold!  Citizen’s Energy — $8K heating bill – hoping that funding comes through this year!

Steve:  Citizen’s Energy — $35K heating bill; no VASH, no funding for veterans in Aroostook County – substantial #, only reported thru shelter.  See about a dozen vets each year.  Trying to get vets fast-tracked & plugged into VA system. 

MaryEllen:  share good stories – in shelter, outdoors – housed last month – in tent near airport mall, had some survival skills, finally got voucher & moved to Lincoln where some support; couple others who were particularly difficult – Waterworks and one apartment.  CHCS has primary care practitioner – Kathleen Bernard , (St. Joseph Hospital) in CHCS med clinic – part of WIN program – Wellness Integration Now.  Health care team approach – MaineCare;  access other services – peer / nurse care manager for those without MC.  Contact Kim Donovan for more info (922-4495)

12.11.13 Minutes to approve:  so moved, second, accepted as distributed

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (2/12/14, 1-3pm) same location


2.12.14 Region 3 Homeless Coalition AGENDA

Region 3 Homeless Council Monthly Meeting – AGENDA

103 Texas Ave, Bangor Health and Community Services

February 12, 2014 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Conference call  #1.877.455.0244; passcode: 2073564836#


1:00-1:10 Welcome/Introductions (sign-in sheet), adjustments to the agenda

1:10-1:30 Statewide Homeless Council update

1:30 -2:15 Discussion Topics:

1.  Pressing issues in Region III

2.  Efforts at ending long term homelessness – Long term stayers

3.  Recommendations to Statewide Homeless Council

2:15-2:30 Regional 3 Council – MaineCare expansion discussion – local representatives.

2:30-2:40 State and Federal Updates

2:40-2:45 Nomination / ELECTION for Chair

2:45-3:00 Agency updates – Including a review of numbers of people who are homeless at each facility/program

Set Agenda for the Next Meeting:  (3/12/14, 1-3pm) same location


Statewide Homeless Council Meeting 1-14-14

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting this Tuesday from 9:30 to 2:00 at MaineHousing in Augusta, with a conference call number available for those not able to attend in person. For more information and materials for the meeting please click on the following:

SHC DRAFT Agenda 1-14-14

DRAFT SHC Lewiston Auburn ForumForum minutes 12-10-13

White Paper – MaineCare Homeless Waiver

MH Council HUD Continuum of Care Grants

ME Hosp Council Guidelines for the Discharge of the Homeless Patient

SHC DRAFT Minutes 11-12-13




PIT Street Outreach Forms

The annual Point-in-Time Survey takes place in late January each year. This year, the Maine Continuum of Care and the Portland Continuum of Care, with support from MaineHousing, will be conducting the Point-in-Time on the night of January 29th, 2014.

Outreach is a critical component of the Point-in-Time. We depend upon local efforts to organize teams of volunteers to seek out and connect with those who are not staying in regular shelters. They may be sleeping in their cars, camping out in the woods, or staying in other places that are not suitable for regular habitation.

These forms are provided to inform that effort and should be used by outreach groups when performing the count on that night.

Unsheltered Count Form for Night of Count – this form should be used for the street outreach piece of the PIT to count those persons who are staying in a place not meant for habitation.

PIT unstably housed form – this form can be used [optional] to record persons who are unstably housed. This information will not be included in the literally homeless count reported to HUD, but will be collected and recorded by MaineHousing.

PIT non- HMIS participating form – this form should be used by those emergency shelters, transitional housing projects, and safe havens who do not use the HMIS to record their client stays and who would like to have their clients included in the PIT count reported to HUD.

These forms can be photocopied in color (color indicated on top of form) in order to distinguish between forms and make the data collection process easier. If you would prefer to have these forms copied in color and sent to you, please contact Kelly Watson at Maine Housing.