Hospitality House to reopen under new leadership

By Daniel Dunkle | Feb 04, 2013
Mid-Coast Hospitality House on Old County Road in Rockport may re-open soon under new management.

Rockport — Ownership of Mid-Coast Hospitality House, the area's only homeless shelter which closed in November without warning, transferred to the Maine State Housing Authority Jan. 18.

The Housing Authority is in negotiations with New Hope for Women and the Knox County Homeless Coalition to set up a lease agreement for the shelter and get it up and running again, according to Deborah Turcotte of the Housing Authority.

"This is part of our mission," Turcotte said. "There is a need for a homeless shelter in that area."

She noted that an existing shelter organization, such as New Hope, must take over operation of the shelter because the state has a moratorium on funding for new homeless shelter beds. Although New Hope will run the shelter, it will be open to both homeless men and women and will be separate from New Hope's other operations.

Turcotte said the hope is to have the lease signed in the next few weeks, but added no date has been set for the reopening of the shelter.

The shelter has 15 beds. The state reimburses it for each night a homeless person stays in one of the beds.

New on-site staff will be hired to operate the shelter. It was operated by Samantha and Gordon Mank Jr. until November when the nonprofit organization running the shelter dissolved.

The following organizations are part of the Knox County Homeless Coalition:

New Hope for Women


Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry

Knox Interfaith Teen Safe Havens

The Career Center

St. Bernard's Soup Kitchen

The Congregational Church in Rockland

The Congregational Church in Camden

Home Counselors Inc.

Rockland District Nursing

Harbor Family Services

University of Maine

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Feb 05, 2013 09:50

Yes, TM, "God help us us all.", is right.  God can move mountains, but expects us to bring the shovel and plenty of willing WORKERS have shown up.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 05, 2013 09:47

God is good and am so happy to see the Congregationl Churches also involved. It is too cold out there for the homeless. Blessings abound!

 Mickey Mckeever

Posted by: N H | Feb 05, 2013 06:06

Yup, mid-coast mainers alright, God help us all.


Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Feb 05, 2013 05:11

WOW! Did you see the list of participants!! Great teamwork effort of CAN DO people. Am sure it will be better than ever. Once again we see what mid-coast Mainers are made of. ;)

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