The homeless, jobless and mentally ill are drawn to Portland, where they find so
The homeless, jobless and mentally ill are drawn to Portland, where they find soup kitchens, shelters, General Assistance funds and social services for every need. Some 250 drug and alcohol addicts are scheduled to lose their Social Security Administration disability checks effective January 1, and federal welfare reform takes effect this winter, adding to the rolls of the despondent. State law mandates that municipalities have to provide General Assistance to those in need, but the lack of a residency requirement means people end up where the services are greatest, in Portland. Portland city manager Robert Ganley says if the city is expected to take care of the needs of all of Maine, residency requirements need to be considered, and pressure must be put on the federal and state governments not to pass the welfare burden on to local communities. Details, related articles on the Beacon Teen Center, Portland Biologicals and Back Bay Redemption.
Social service -- Portland, Youth centers -- Portland
Conaway, Laura, "The homeless, jobless and mentally ill are drawn to Portland, where they find so" (1996). Maine News Index – Casco Bay Weekly. 1421.
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