Homeless Needs & Prevention
One of the Consolidated Plan goals is to reduce fragmentation and improve coordination of homeless services. Community Development staff participates in the local group who addresses the continuum of homeless services for the area, Lewiston-Auburn Alliance for Services to the Homeless (LAASH). This group meets monthly to focus on local homeless issues and is currently working on continuum issues, and provides a forum for educating its members.
LAASH has identified the need for more permanent affordable housing. Community Development staff is working with local housing developers to create affordable rental housing and supportive housing for the homeless.
LAASH also identified security deposit assistance as a barrier to homeless or near homeless persons. Community Development staff participates on the Security Deposit Loan Committee, a seven-member group who provides security deposits for eligible applicants. Security Deposit Guidelines
The Lewiston-Auburn Alliance for Services to the Homeless released the 2008 Lewiston-Auburn Homelessness Needs Assessment Report and the 10-Year Plan to Eliminate Homelessness in Lewiston and Auburn. The 10-Year Plan was adapted by the City Councils of Auburn and Lewiston in 2009.
Links to ending homelessness: