Maine Stand Down 2022 for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

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For those who have served or are currently serving in the military, the term “stand down” refers to being off duty or taking time to rest and recover. Stand down has also come to mean a community grassroots program that was created to help the nation's homeless veterans “battle” living on the street. The Stand Down program brings veterans to a location and provides them with the services they require, along with clothing, medical care, haircuts, food, and other services from the community. This event provides veterans with connections that can help and also provides the support that they need. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development 2021 Point-in-Time count, there were 19,750 veterans experiencing sheltered homelessness in the United States on a single night in January 2021. While this is a 10% decrease from 2020, there won't be anything to celebrate until the number of homeless veterans is zero.

If you are a Maine veteran experiencing homelessness or need assistance, there are four Stand Down events in Maine for October. This is a completely free event and reservations are not required, but by having one you will be able to go through the stations quicker. For a reservation, you can email the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services at: HVC.MaineBVS@maine.gov or you can call 207-287-7019.

The 3rd annual Maine Stand Down 2022 events:

All events will be held rain or shine. There will be medical check-ups, connections to services, non-perishable food, winter clothes and boots, haircuts, employment opportunities, and a free lunch.

  • Wednesday, October 5th, Ellsworth in the Reny's parking lot at 175 High Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 12th, VA Maine Healthcare System (Togus) 1 VA Center, Augusta, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 19th, Portland, in Hannaford's parking lot at 295 Forest Avenue from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26th, Springvale at the Sanford Vet Center at 628 Main Street, Springvale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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