About the series

“There was ice forming on the inside of our tent and when it would snow, we’d have to sleep in shifts so we could go out and shovel snow off the tent, so it wouldn’t collapse on us.”

Those words come from a 30-year-old homeless woman in Lewiston, who’s been living in a tent and on the streets for four years. She’s among thousands of homeless people in Maine who need shelter as the harsh winter months get underway. Federal estimates earlier this year recorded the highest number ever of homeless people in the state — 3,455 — even as officials acknowledge the numbers are underreported and escalating costs are increasing the number of vulnerable Mainers.

Starting Sunday, Dec. 4, the Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and Sun Journal began examining the causes, impacts and solutions to homelessness in Maine with an occasional series over the winter months. In the first installment, we look at how homelessness is visible in our central Maine communities amid the rising number of people without a stable home.  In the second installment, we take a look at the homeless in Waterville & Lewiston areas who are working, but can’t afford a place to live oftentimes.

Credits
  • Reporters: Amy Calder, Christopher Wheelock, Emily Bader, Keith Edwards
  • Photographers: Michael G. Seamans, Russ Dillingham, Andy Molloy, Andree Kehn
  • Editors: Scott Monroe, David Warren, Meg Robbins
  • Design: Sharon Wood
  • Engagement: Ben Pinette

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