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Navigating the poverty line: Pressure on Portland’s social safety net grows as dramatically does ranks of unemployed | Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND – It was about 6 a.m., dark and cold, when Brian Gailliot got on the welfare line Friday.

Portland’s General Assistance office wouldn’t open until 8, but the line was already 30 deep when he arrived. A man and woman at the front had been sitting there in folding chairs since 10 p.m. Thursday.

“There’s just not enough work,” said Gailliot, who currently works part time for a temp agency, eats at the local soup kitchen and sleeps in a friend’s apartment. “I haven’t had my own place for a year and a half.”

One in eight Mainers lived below the poverty line in 2010, according to recently released U.S. census data. Maine’s poverty rate hit 12.5 percent in 2010, up from 11.4 percent the year before.

On the streets, the prolonged economic slump is translating into dramatic increases in the number of unemployed people who have exhausted savings and unemployment benefits and are seeking help for the first time at Portland’s food pantries, soup kitchens and welfare offices.

Click to read more of the story by John Richardson in the Portland Press Herald.

Poverty most prevalent in Maine’s rural ‘rim’ counties, study says | Bangor Daily News

Poverty most prevalent in Maine’s rural ‘rim’ counties, study says | Bangor Daily News.

A quarter of children in 3 counties at high risk level | Bangor Daily News

A quarter of children in 3 counties at high risk level – Bangor Daily News

[This has far more details on the proverty situation in Maine. — KM]

Report: 1 in 5 Maine kids live in poverty | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Report: 1 in 5 Maine kids live in poverty | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.