We are committed to ending homelessness and assisting people to reach their fullest potential by providing access to various levels of housing, personal growth opportunities and community resources. We embrace diversity and economic security for all.
York County Shelter Programs, Inc. was incorporated in 1979 as a private non-profit corporation in the State of Maine. York County Shelter Programs, Inc. is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code (FED I.D. 01-0361089). Contributions of goods, services, and cash are tax deductible for income tax purposes.
York County Shelter Programs Inc. is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who are representative of the community and who serve without any compensation.
Homeless in Maine
What is Homelessness?
Homelessness is sometimes represented by the skid row derelict or someone displaced as a result of a job loss or other economic hardship. Neither stereotype adequately describes homelessness in rural Maine at the turn of the millennium. Homelessness is a condition of extreme poverty and neglect and possible for almost anybody.
Persons Affected By Homelessness Are:
- persons discharged to the community without adequate supports
- persons who are physically and mentally handicapped
- victims of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
- single moms and their children
- whole intact families
- victims of medical catastrophes
- the unemployed
- individuals and families not earning a livable wage
- folks with profound learning disabilities
- folks forced off disability
- families unable to manage on reduced TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and General Assistance payments
- persons like you and me
How many are Homeless?
In recent years, the tragedy of homelessness has reached epidemic proportions. Estimates on the number of homeless in America range from two to four million. Statewide, on any given night, more than 1200 men, women, and children are without adequate shelter with many more at risk. (Maine Coalition to End Homelessness, 2003).
Who Are Our Clients at York County Shelter Programs?
Last year, our program served 560 homeless individuals who occupied more than 48,000 bed days of service. Of our clients, 60% were male and 40% were female; 20% were children under the age of eighteen; 43% have a twelfth grade or equivalent education; 26% have a mental health diagnosis; 49 % have a chronic substance abuse problem; 56% were unemployed at the time of admittance; and 0% actively sought a homeless lifestyle.