Officials to review sites for proposed homeless shelter

November 13, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine, officials are moving forward with talks for a proposed homeless shelter.

City Council’s Health and Human Services and Public Safety Committee plans to review a new analysis that includes 30 possible sites for the shelter Tuesday night. City Manager Jon Jennings says there are also proposals for smaller specialty facilities and partnerships with nonprofits like Avesta Housing and Opportunity Alliance.

Officials had previously planned to build the $10 million, 200-bed center near the Barron Center campus. The plan was criticized by residents who said the shelter could bring violence and drug use to the neighborhood.

Officials also plan to review a proposal to house a shelter at Mercy Hospital and an old cruise ship permanently docked on the city’s waterfront.

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