AUGUSTA, ME – June 10, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor John E. Baldacci today ceremonially signed LD 1127, An Act To Define Services for Maine Runaway and Homeless Youth.
The law establishes a comprehensive program for homeless youth and runaways. The Department of Health and Human Services will enter into performance-based contracts with agencies and organizations to provide street and community outreach, drop-in programs, emergency shelter and transitioning living services. Monitoring will be in place to ensure quality and track rates of homelessness.
“This is a very important and efficient piece of legislation,” Governor Baldacci said. “It provides the oversight while continuing to provide the resources. The law enables us to better address homelessness among our youth.”
Governor Baldacci was joined at the ceremonial signing by bill sponsor Sen. Justin Alfond (D-Cumberland), advocates and co-sponsors of the legislation.
The bill goes into effect 90 days after the close of the Legislative session.