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Introduction to Hope Harbor Feasibility Study – Repurposing Cruise Ships for Housing

Hope Harbor Information posted  at the request of Ken Capron.

What:  Planning a Feasibility Study on Repurposing Cruise Ships for Homeless Housing, Affordable Housing, Workforce Housing, Immigrant Housing and related Social Services, Education, Job Training and more.

Where:  Room 24 in the dungeons of Portland City Hall  (Halloween is just a month away!)

When: 1:00 to 3:00pm on October 2

Who: Ken Capron, Founding Director of MemoryWorks

Why: To inform potential stakeholders about the vision and opportunity for adding 400 units of housing (800 beds). To apply for a grant for a feasibility study to explore the opportunities presented by repurposing a cruise ship to serve as housing and social services in any waterfront community with high levels of housing needs.

Who should attend: anyone involved in serving the specified populations (homeless, low resource, workforce, immigrant) with housing and social services; anyone who might be interested in being involved in the project and related travel. Housing and homeless subject matter experts. Those considering options for affordable housing. And anyone willing to explore a unique form of funding to be included in the study.

SOAR Online Course- Cohort for Maine

Hello all,

I’m passing along important information regarding an online SOAR training.  Please reach out to Kristin Lupfer, Project Director at the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center for more information or if interested in participating.


Norm Maze, Secretary, CoC Resource Committee


SOAR Online Course Cohort Timeline-Maine October 2018

Hello everyone!

I am reaching out based on your interest in getting involved with SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) in Maine! As you know, Ashley has moved on to a new position, but we are still working hard to get SOAR strongly established in Maine.  In the meantime, the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center will be facilitating a virtual SOAR Online Course cohort. What that means is that anyone who is interested will register for the SOAR Online Course and I will hold weekly virtual calls using Adobe Connect in order to check-in on your progress and answer any questions you have.

Please let me know by September 27 if you are interested in participating in the cohort and I will make sure that you are added to all of the calendar appointments.  I have attached the cohort timeline which has some additional information about how it will work and how to register.

We will hold weekly check-in calls on October 4, 11, and 18 from 3:00-4:00pm ET.

Do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you have.

Also, feel free to forward this message to anyone else that you think would be interested in participating.

Looking forward to getting to know you all!


Take care,


Kristin Lupfer, MSW
Project Director
Policy Research Associates, Inc.
Delmar, NY 12054
(518) 439-7415 x5262

*protected email*
Creating positive social change through technical assistance, research, and training for people who are disadvantaged.


The 2018 MCOC NOFA Application and Project Priority Listing

The Maine Continuum of Care Consolidated Application for HUD Homeless Assistance Program Funding and the accompanying Project Priority Listing for 2018 are now complete!

Thank you to EVERYONE who worked so hard – whether on the CoC level application, one or more project level applications, participating on committees or in discussions at various meetings – to help us collect and assemble all the information that goes into this final product.

(please note, the documents have been updated since original post)

MCOC 2018 NOFA Application

MCOC 2018 NOFA Project Priority Listing

MCOC Meets THIS WEEK! DRAFT NOFA & Monitoring Results

The Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 – one week earlier than usual so that we can approve this year’s NOFA application prior to the submission deadline on September 18th.

The Bangor Library was not available for this meeting but other Tandberg Locations are, and there is a call in number as well.

For those  calling in to the Maine Continuum of Care Meeting this month, please use this number: 866-6426  – not the one on the agenda – sorry for any confusion.

The most current version of the Application is also attached for your review prior to the meeting. We will not have time to go over every part of this during the meeting so if you have questions or concerns please send them to Scott or one of the chairs so we can be prepared to summarize and resolve them as quickly as possible.


DRAFT 8-16-18 MCOC Minutes

State and Federal Legislation Update 9.5.18

FY2018 MCOC NOFA Application 9-7-18

Final Monitoring Threshold 9.10.18