Only An Indelicate Soul Would Point Out That The Friends And Supporters Of The City’s Homeless Aren’t Inviting Any Over

Portland mayor Brennan

Portland mayor BrennanPORTLAND — Friends and supporters of the city’s homeless population gathered on the longest night of the year last Friday to read, one by one, the first names and last initials of the 30 Portland-area homeless people who died this year. This was one of the hardest years on record for these people, according to Donna Yellen, director of Maine Hunger Initiative and Advocacy. “This past year, 30 people have died, the most since they’ve been doing this memorial,” Yellen said. The 13th annual Homeless Person’s Memorial Vigil was held at Monument Square on Dec. 21, the winter solstice. It was organized by the Preble Street Resource Center, the city Health and Human Services Department, and Mercy Hospital. (read more at The Forecaster)