The Connecting Across Cultures “New Mainers” series with the Camden Public Library continues on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. This online presentation will explore the hurdles faced by immigrants for housing in Maine. The public is invited to hear from a panel of speakers directly involved in immigrant housing efforts, who will offer a picture of the situation and explain the specific needs.

The “Housing, Hope, and Humanity” panel will include Fatima Saidi, grants, and contracts manager for the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition; Chelsea Hoskins, city of Portland’s resettlement coordinator and Papy Bongibo, president of the Congolese Community Association of Maine. A number of asylum seekers are arriving in Portland and there is an effort by a coalition of social service and volunteer organizations to find housing for these new neighbors. The situation has created a critical need for municipalities outside of southern Maine to get involved in advocacy and support. According to Connecting Across Cultures, it is a Midcoast-based network of volunteers that celebrates diversity and helps New Mainers as they navigate life in the Midcoast and beyond.

Visit the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at the library website to register and receive the Zoom link to attend. Find out more about Connecting Across Cultures and this online event at