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York County Legislators Come Together for Summit on Homelessness Crisis


Municipal and non-profit leaders recently convened York County legislators to address the growing homelessness crisis being seen throughout many towns in Maine and more specifically in York County. Hosted by 14 organizations, the landmark conference brought legislators and municipal leaders together to better understand the increasing problem, which was underscored by current data trends, and to identify solutions.

The session provided a platform for understanding the homelessness crisis affecting our local community members, identified ways to collaborate on problem-solving strategies, and concluded with a list of immediate, short- and long-term solutions.

Homelessness remains a critical concern affecting our communities; resolving it will require a comprehensive and unified approach. The summit featured a keynote address from the Sanford Police Department’s Mental Health Unit team, which, along with their colleagues in other York County communities, have direct knowledge of many who are in the unhoused community along with related and compounding issues. 

“This problem is growing and one town/city alone cannot tackle solutions on its own. We believe that this summit is a crucial step towards forging partnerships and implementing solutions together,” said Sanford City Manager Steven Buck.

Carter Friend, CEO of York County Community Action, commented, “We’re seeing a dramatic increase in the numbers of people who need services throughout the County. Only by fostering collaboration between the state, local municipalities, nonprofits and other agencies – -and by bringing additional resources to the local level — will we be able to create a more impactful and sustainable approach to addressing the needs of people who are unhoused.”

Among the strategies identified at the summit are to fully fund shelters and warming centers, make more affordable housing available, provide more mental health and substance use disorder support, and  provide additional funding for services for people who are unhoused and to prevent people from becoming unhoused

Media Contact:
Heather Harris, Director of Communications
York County Community Action Corporation
6 Spruce St Sanford, ME 04073 
Work: 207-324-5762 Ext: 2954
Cell:    207-719-5094

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