Homelessness in Maine Down 9% From 2016 According to Statewide Homeless Council

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AUGUSTA, Maine. (WABI) Homelessness in Maine is down 9% from last year- that according to Maine's Statewide Homeless Council.

Emergency Homeless Shelter data found that from last year to now, there was a 21% decrease in the average length of a person experiencing homelessness.

Of those homeless in Maine, 66% are without families, and 10% are under the age of 24.

"We have 6,373 people who are homeless in 2017. Last year, we had 7,020," said Cullen Ryan, Acting Chair of Maine's Statewide Homeless Council.

Representatives from Camden National Bank discussed their 'Hope@Home' program.

The bank donates $100 to a community shelter every time a customer finances a new home.

Since the program's launch two years ago, nearly $184,000 has gone to help the homeless.