Three Portland Non-profits Receive Funding as Overnight Warming Shelters by MaineHousing


The Rev. Bryan Breault is the Minister of the State Street Church, 159 State Street. SSC is a Recipient of One of the Grants Awarded by MaineHousing for a Winter Overnight Warming Shelter, in Portland.

State Street Church is Located at 159 State Street, Portland.

MaineHousing has announced it has awarded just over $1 million ($1,075,000) in state funding for 13 overnight warming shelters across Maine.  Funding for these warming shelters is a portion of the $21 million emergency funds approved by the Legislature and Governor Janet T. Mills (D) in January that are aimed at helping those in heating and housing crises.

Three of those warming shelters are located in Portland.  They are:  State Street Church, Maine Immigrants Rights Center and Greater Portland Family Promise.  The funding is for February, March and April of 2023.

“With the support of the Winter Emergency Energy Relief Plan, these shelters will protect our most vulnerable citizens and help them stay warm throughout the winter,” said Governor Mills.  “I am grateful to the communities that have responded to this important need and I thank MaineHousing for its swift action to distribute this important financial support.  My Administation is committed to working with MaineHousing, the Legislature, communities and others to further address the need for both short-team emergency housing and attainable, long-term housing across Maine.”

“Getting this help to where it is needed most compelled MaineHousing’s leadership team to move swiftly in reviewing and approving these warming shelter proposals,” said MaineHousing Director Daniel Brennan.  “We are grateful for the support Governor Mills and the Legislatgure have shown in helping Maine’s people deal with not only the weather, but with historic inflationary costs as well.  The broad bipartisan support for these efforts are also a reflectiion of the generosity of the Maine people themselves.  Mainers take care of each other whenever they can and that’s what these facilities are all about.”