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Posted on: May 4, 2021

City Receives Three Proposals in Response to Homeless Services Center RFQ/P

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The City of Portland received three development proposals in response to the Request for Qualifications/Proposals the City issued to support construction of a new Homeless Services Center (HSC). City staff is currently reviewing the proposals and hope to ...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: April 15, 2021

City Hires Deputy Director for HHS Department

portland news

The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Tina Pettingill to serve as the City’s first Deputy Director of the Health and Human Services Department. This is a new position in the Department and Ms. Pettingill will work with the Director of H...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Council’s HHS & Public Safety Committee to Take Public Comment

COUNCIL NEWS

The Council’s Health and Human Services & Public Safety Committee, which has its regular monthly virtual meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 PM, has added a public comment session to the agenda in regards to the HHS Facility agenda item. This i...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: January 22, 2021

City of Portland Committed to Providing Essential Public Health Services

public health update

The City of Portland’s commitment to providing essential public health services through its Needle Exchange Program remains strong as evidenced by the number of clients it serves and the services it offers seven days a week, in two locations with more tha...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Portland Finalizes Shelter Spaces for Winter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has continued working diligently to ready emergency shelter beds for the winter season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homelessness. Ci...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Rapid Rehousing Program to Serve 40 Individuals & 25 Families

portland news

The City of Portland’s Rapid Rehousing Program will soon serve an additional 40 individuals and 25 families thanks to a recent funding award from Maine Housing. The City is partnering with Amistad to operate the first program, identify the 40 individuals,...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: October 21, 2020

City Statement Regarding Use of Joyce House as Temporary Emergency Shelter

portland news

On October 19, 2020, the City of Portland announced it was finalizing its plans on a three-pronged approach to increase the amount of shelter beds available in Portland this winter in light of necessary COVID-19 precautions and the loss ...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Register for the Third Annual Harm Reduction Conference

Registration is now open for the third annual Maine Harm Reduction Conference. 

Presented by Portland Public Health and the University of New England's Center for Excellence in Collaborative Education, this year's conference will be virtual on Oct...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Portland Finalizing Plans for Additional Shelter Space Ahead of Winter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has been working diligently to prepare for the winter season and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homelessness. Staff is in the midst of finalizing its plan for shelter space...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Portland’s Public Health Division Teams Up to Provide Flu Vaccine Clinics This Fall

public health update

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division, in collaboration with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Northern Light Home Care & Hospice, Greater Portland Health, and MaineHealth Care at Home, announces the availability o...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Hires Bob Fowler as New Public Health Director

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Bob Fowler as the city’s new Public Health Director after an extensive search and interview process. For the last six years, Fowler served as the Executive Director at Milestone Recovery. ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is actively engaged and monitoring guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine CDC regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 preparations and precautions. The City’s emergency management team is...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Volunteer & Donation Information to Support Asylum Seekers

Volunteer and Donation Information

Thank you to those who have expressed a wish to volunteer your time and services in helping us as we support asylum seekers arriving in Portland. Thanks to our friends at the United Way of Greater Portland, we now have a coordinated and secure way to acce...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: June 12, 2019

City Responds to Influx in Asylum Seekers

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland, in response to an influx in asylum seekers from the southern US border, has activated an emergency operations center and additional emergency shelter at the Portland Expo. Since Sunday, June 9, the City has received roughly 100 new a...

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Health & Human Services