Portland residents resist homeless center move
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland residents are speaking out against the proposed relocation of a homeless shelter.
WGME-TV reports Portland officials are considering building a new $10 million, 200-bed center near the Barron Center campus. It would replace the Oxford Street Shelter.
Residents like Mike Archer fear the shelter will bring violence and drug use to their neighborhood. Archer points to complaints from residents in the Portland’s Bayside section where the current shelter is.
Oxford Street Shelter Director Rob Parritt says there’s a misconception that everyone staying in the shelter is “some sort of criminal or addict or bad actor.” A public hearing on the shelter plan is scheduled for Tuesday.
Information from: WGME-TV, http://www.wgme.com