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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Council’s HHS Committee to Discuss New Shelter Design & Planning & Host Public Hearing on 9/12

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The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will once again discuss the design and planning for the new emergency shelter during its September 12, 2017 committee meeting. The meeting will take place at 5:30 PM in the State of Maine Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall. Dawn Stiles, the City’s Director of the Health & Human Services Department will give an overview presentation and then the committee will hear from Rob Parritt, the Director of the Oxford Street Shelter, Steve Weatherhead of Winton Scott Architects, and Ann Tucker and Dr. Renee Faye-LeBlanc of Greater Portland Health. 


Following these presentations, the Committee will open up the meeting to a public hearing where members of the public will have the chance to offer input on the draft proposal via spoken testimony or written comments. Chart paper and markers will also be provided for written comments. 


“This forum will give people a chance to see a draft design of the new shelter, learn about the programming and services that will be provided, and offer input,” said Councilor Belinda Ray, Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee. “We want to hear from as many people as possible to make sure that this new facility is the best it can be. We'll be taking public comment in multiple forms so people can share their ideas in the way that makes the most sense to them.” 


Councilor Ray continued, “right now, people seeking emergency shelter in Portland have to sleep on mats on the floor, inches from their neighbors, and leave the shelter every morning with all of their belongings in tow. There is no doubt that building a new shelter that will enable us to provide excellent service and assistance to people in need will benefit everyone in Portland.”


Additionally, the City has created a dedicated webpage to house all of the materials related to the planning for a new shelter so that the public can stay informed of the process as it progresses. It can be found by visiting www.portlandmaine.gov/shelterplanning

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