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  • Published
    October 13, 2022

    Neighbors argue against affordable housing project in Rockport

    The Zoning Board is asking the Planning Board for more detailed findings of fact as neighbors against a project proposed by the Knox County Homeless Coalition argue it does not meet zoning requirements. One neighbor raised concerns that project would house ‘schizophrenics.’

  • Published
    May 5, 2022

    Homeless in Maine

    Rose Lundy is the public health reporter for The Maine Monitor.

  • Published
    February 8, 2010

    Homeless man finds shelter with South Hope family

    Bill Oakes said Feb. 1 that people who have lost their homes learn to live without shame, and there is no system to help people regain the place in society that is lost when circumstances lead to joblessness and homelessness. "This is just the way it is," he said. Oakes, who is 51 years old, said he is a smoker and he gathers used cigarette butts. Rather than compete with others on the street for the longer ...

  • Published
    February 8, 2010

    Navigating the social safety net

    The route to receiving disability benefits travels between the federal Social Security Administration and disability determination services operated by state governments, according to Kurt Czarnowski, regional communications director for the Social Security Administration in New England. Czarnowski said Feb. 4 that medical eligibility for both Social Security disability insurance and supplemental security ...

  • Published
    January 28, 2010

    General assistance policies vary from town to town

    Midcoast residents who find themselves in need this winter could have very different experiences as they seek aid, depending on which town they live in. General assistance programs help people in emergencies, in some cases even if they work or receive other benefits such as food stamps, veterans benefits or Social Security income. Funds are administered by the municipalities. Applications must be accepted for ...

  • Published
    January 24, 2010

    Consortium forms to abate homelessness

    While Midcoast residents reach into their pockets to help those whose dwellings were destroyed in Haiti, advocates for the homeless in Knox County say there is much to be done here at home. Just how many people in the local region are in need of safe shelter is a hard question to answer, Michael Shea said Jan. 21 at the second meeting of a broad-based group working on issues that relate to homelessness. An ...

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