Portland Opens Third Apartment Complex for Homeless

Published: Sep. 13, 2017 at 7:34 AM EDT
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30 Mainers who were homeless now have a place to live.

Officials with the city of Portland opened Huston Commons Tuesday morning near Morrill's Corner.

The full-furnished efficiency apartments are home to Mainers who had been living on the streets or in shelters for years.

This is the third such complex in Portland, and the city says apartments like these are already providing a major benefit for those who now call them home.

"They're thrilled to have a bed of their own for many of them it's beyond belief that they can actually close their own door and have their own space so they're thrilled to be there but nevertheless it's a major major shock for them because they've been on the streets for so long" Says Dana Totman, President of the Avesta Housing Company.

Huston Commons is named for Steve Huston, a former Preble Street employee who overcame homelessness and became an advocate for Portland's homeless.