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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

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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
Posted on: March 29, 2019

City Celebrates National Public Health Week April 1 - 7

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Department is celebrating National Public Health Week April 1 - 7 and invites the public to join in. 

Help kick off the week by taking a "tour" of Portland’s Public Health Division to see all they hav...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: March 12, 2019

Public Health Nurses Host Spanish Story Time for Families with Kids Up to 5 Years Old

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The City of Portland Public Health's Maternal and Child Health Nurses are now offering a Story Hour in Spanish at their “Baby Hub" time. This is a free to the public month-long series beginning March 19 on Tuesday afternoons from 2-3 pm at the Reiche...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: January 7, 2019

India Street STD Clinic Now Offers Online Appointment Scheduling

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Patients can now make appointments online for the India Street STD Clinic. Click here to book now. 

Limited appointments are offered on Tuesday afternoons followed by drop-in hours (first come, first serve).

Thursday is now all appointments. If app...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: September 28, 2018

City Seeks New Director of Oxford Street Shelter

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The City of Portland will begin advertising today for a new director of the Oxford Street Shelter following the news that its current director, Rob Parritt, will be leaving his full-time role in mid-October. Parritt will continue to assist the City on a p...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: August 17, 2018

City to Host September 8 Community Forum to Discuss Homeless Services Center

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The City of Portland is hosting a community forum to discuss the proposed homeless services center on Saturday, September 8th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine. 

The forum will begin with an overview of...

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Planning for a New Homeless Services Center Health & Human Services
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Chamber Businesses Give Portland Opportunity Crew a Boost

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The City of Portland is excited to announce that several donations have recently been received to support the continuation of the Portland Opportunity Crew, the City’s panhandling-to-work program. The Portland Community Chamber of Commerce has brought tog...

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Additional Info... Health & Human Services
Posted on: June 21, 2018

City Unveils Recommendation for Location of New Homeless Services Center

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The City of Portland is pleased to unveil the recommendation for the location of a new homeless services center, based on extensive input from staff and the public. The new services center will replace the adult emergency shelter currently located on Oxfo...

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HHS and Public Safety Committee Health & Human Services
Posted on: April 17, 2018

Age-Friendly Portland Launches Business Recognition Program

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The Age-Friendly Portland Steering Committee launched a new voluntary program this month to help local business owners become more sensitive to the needs of older customers and receive recognition for efforts to make their business more “age-fri...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: April 5, 2018

Portland Files Lawsuit in Cumberland County Superior Court Against Opioid Manufacturers

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland filed a lawsuit today in Cumberland County Superior Court against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs in response to the substantial impact, including the loss of lives, that the opioid epidemic has had on the Portland ...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: February 8, 2018

Barron Center Achieves National Recognition as Top Performing Skilled-Nursing Facility

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The City of Portland’s Barron Center was recently identified as a top performing skilled nursing facility by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). Each year, The ACHCA recognizes top performers with the Eli Pick Facility Leadership A...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: January 23, 2018

City’s Public Health Director Presents Vision to Council’s Health & Human Services Committee

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The City’s Public Health Director, Dr. Kolawole Bankole, outlined his vision and goals for the future of the department during last night’s Health & Human Services Committee meeting. Dr. Bankole envisions a responsive public health department, one tha...

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Public Health Department Health & Human Services
Posted on: January 10, 2018

Ryan Francis Named New Barron Center Administrator

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has named Ryan Francis as the new Administrator of the Barron Center, the City’s skilled rehabilitation/nursing and long-term care facility. The Barron Center has provided skilled nursing and rehabilitat...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: October 24, 2017

City to Soon Operate Temporary Day Shelter Services at Oxford Street Shelter

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The City of Portland will soon operate day shelter services at the Oxford Street Shelter on a temporary basis until the planning for a new one-story shelter with on-site services is approved and the new shelter is operational. This means that the shelter ...

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Health & Human Services Health & Human Services
Posted on: October 11, 2017

Oxford Street Shelter Receives National Alliance to End Homelessness Innovation & Excellence Award

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that the National Alliance to End Homelessness awarded the Oxford Street Shelter as one of its recipients for the 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards. The Alliance’s Annual Awards Ceremony honors those individ...

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Social Services Division Health & Human Services
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Council’s HHS Committee to Discuss New Shelter Design & Planning & Host Public Hearing on 9/12

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The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will once again discuss the design and planning for the new emergency shelter during its September 12, 2017 committee meeting. The meeting will take place at 5:30 PM in the State of Maine Room, 2nd ...

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Health & Human Services
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Public Health Division Receives $100,000 Grant to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

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The City of Portland Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program is pleased to announce that the Maine Cancer Foundation has awarded it with a two-year, $100,000 grant to assist the efforts in increasing colorectal cancer screening rates and improve ...

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Health & Human Services