Approximately 8,000 people of all ages experience homelessness in Maine each year according to the Statewide Homeless Council and the three Regional Homeless Councils. These organizations worked together to create Maine’s Plan to End & Prevent Homelessness. Within their study they found that the primary causes of homelessness are as follows:
- Chronic homelessness due to mental illness or substance abuse.
- Circumstantial homelessness of families and individuals due to poverty, mental illness, or substance abuse.
- Victims of domestic violence that consequentially face poverty, mental illness, or substance abuse.
- Youth that are struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues, and sexual identity issues.