Leaders meet to discuss state of Bangor Area Homeless Shelter

5:15 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Each year dozens of area people without a home find refuge at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and that is why its directors say they want leaders in the state to keep their needs in mind.

Leaders from around Bangor came together at the shelter Thursday morning. Its directors host a breakfast after every election day focused on letting city and state leaders know what conditions are like at the shelter and what the people who use it will need going forward.

Dennis Marble has been the executive director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter for sixteen years. He says the needs of the homeless haven't changed in that time but he finds many people at the shelter are staying there longer.

He says that's mainly due to a lack of temporary housing for people trying to get off the street. Marble says he hopes leaders in Augusta will be able to help with that problem in the months ahead.

"I hope they'll keep the needs of the folks who need this place in mind when they're in caucus discussing legislation or cuts or how to rearrange resources," he said, "I hope that they remember that if we get together around housing we can make a huge dent in this and improve the community for everybody."

Bangor will be holding its annual vigil to remember the lives of homeless people who have died in the area. It will be at the Hammond Street Congregational Church on the night of December 21, 2012, which is the longest night of the year.

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