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February 21, 2024

UNE panel will tackle issue of homelessness in Maine

homeless encampment File photo / Peter Van Allen A Portland homeless encampment that has since been cleared.

The University of New England plans to host a discussion panel about one of Maine's most vexing recent issues. 

UNE President James D. Herbert will turn the focus of his next "President's Forum" series panels to homelessness in Maine.

“The rise in unhoused people has become a crisis here in Maine and elsewhere, and it is important that we hear from a variety of experts as we consider solutions,” said Herbert.

“I’m grateful that we have an opportunity to model civil discourse around this challenging topic and help our students and members of the community to better understand the problem.”

Panelists will include Danielle West, Portland's city manager; Cullen Ryan, executive director of Community Housing of Maine; and Ali Lovejoy, vice president of mission advancement at the nonprofit Preble Street. The moderator will be Courtni Jeffers, assistant clinical professor of public health at UNE.

The event, titled “Maine’s Homelessness Crisis,” will be Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m., at the Harold Alfond Forum, Room 283, on UNE’s Biddeford Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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"The rise in unhoused people" versus "the rise of houselessness [occurances]" really differs in meaning, no? One puts humans experiencing houselessness at the center/cause of the problem, while the other addresses the concept itself as the issue to be solved. While President Herbert likely means well, it goes to show everyone can benefit from language changes that are inclusive to people who are suffering, as opposed to putting a target on their back.

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