There are 38 emergency shelters with a total of 802 beds in Maine, and the numbe
There are 38 emergency shelters with a total of 802 beds in Maine, and the number of shelter visits in 1996 exceeded 168,000. An estimated 5,000-6,000 are homeless at any given time, and roughly 30 percent of those seeking shelter last year were under the age of 18. Substance abuse is at the top of the list for adult homelessness, with other causes being family conflict and violence, housing affordability, relocation, unemployment, mental illness and transience. Some homeless individuals, like 33-year-old Tom Andrews, choose homelessness, while others are forced into it by their situtation. Details.
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Bass, Sharon, "There are 38 emergency shelters with a total of 802 beds in Maine, and the numbe" (1997). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 2325.