The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter (The Shelter) operates 365 days a year and is a 24 hours facility. The day program is open to the public from 8am-4pm daily, and lunch is available to the public at noon. The Shelter serves 38 overnight guests with the addition of five emergency beds during the coldest winter months. Guests are served breakfast and dinner daily and The Shelter can provide lunch for overnight guests who are working.
Upon entry, each guest is assigned a Shelter Aide who will work with them to identify the services they need and how to connect with area agencies. We utilize collaborative relationships with government and social service agencies to ensure we link our guests with every possible resource. Our goal is to secure permanent, stable housing for each guest and help them to avoid repeat episodes of homelessness.
Eligible Population: To stay overnight at the Shelter a person must be 18 years of age, be free from drugs and alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to seeking a bed, not be suspended services due to past inappropriate or illegal behavior, or present with behavioral or medical needs clearly beyond the scope of the Shelter’s mission and capacity. Within reason and within each individual’s limitations, each guest must agree to work on a plan to secure more appropriate housing or treatment, to make and keep appointments and any other activities that will help with securing other housing or residence. Determination of eligibility is based on overall appropriateness in regard to the safety and welfare of guests and staff. Anyone seeking a bed at the Shelter must first present in person, we do not save beds for people over the phone as we work on a first come first served basis. For more information stop by or please call the Shelter at 207-947-0092 and speak with a Shelter Aide.
Expectations and Length of Stay: Guests of the Shelter sign a contract stipulating that they will abide by the Shelter rules and work to obtain more suitable housing or treatment. Each guest must agree to invest in their own care and keep appointments and commitments with agencies and providers. They must also get along within the Shelter, stay sober, not abuse any substance, show up on time for 5 pm check-in and 10 pm lights out, do assigned chores and generally contribute to the care and cleanliness of the facility. There is therefore no chronologically defined maximum length of stay – as long as a guest is making progress towards more permanent housing and stability and is abiding by the Shelter rules, s/he may continue to stay.