Shawn Stanford cleans the coolers as he works his shift at 18-Below Raw Bar in Waterville on November 14, 2022.
Chris Kilmurry, executive director of the Lewiston Housing Authority, noted that life can be hard even when one has resources. So imagine how difficult it can be if basic needs like a roof over your head and food were suddenly out of reach, he said.
âI think the perception that someone experiencing homelessness doesnât work or try to help themselves is extremely off base,â Kilmurry said. âFrom what we see, no one wants to be homeless. The people who come to us at Lewiston Housing are trying to find a way out of homelessness. One of the biggest issues is there is not enough housing in Maine, and without an adequate housing supply, we will never be able to solve this problem.â