Former Rep. Barney Frank to speak at Maine housing conference

October 29th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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Former Rep. Barney Frank to speak at Maine housing conference

Organizations that work on homelessness will gather to talk about ways to reduce the problem.

By J. Craig Anderson
Staff Writer

Organizations dedicated to reducing homelessness in Maine will have to change the way they operate in an era of dwindling state and federal assistance.

Tim Greenway/Staff photographer— U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) adresses the crowd during the Maine Medical Marijuana Expo at Fireside Inn and Suites in Portland on February 26, 2011.

That’s the theme of an upcoming conference in Portland on the subject of affordable housing and homelessness, according to its organizers and scheduled speakers.

Speakers at the 2013 Maine Affordable Housing Conference, to be held Wednesday at Holiday Inn by the Bay, will include Maine resident and former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., Barbara Poppe, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in Washington, D.C., and University of Southern Maine economist Charles Colgan.

Conference workshops will cover topics, including “New approaches and innovations in addressing homelessness in Maine,” “Building partnerships to end homelessness among veterans” and “Fair housing in an ever-changing world.”

Unless the U.S. House of Representatives shifts to Democratic control in 2014, federal assistance will continue to decline rapidly for affordable housing and other initiatives to reduce homelessness, said Frank, one of the event’s two keynote speakers, during a

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