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Posted on: February 19, 2021

City of Portland Seeks Resettlement Coordinator to Assist Families at Family Shelter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services Department is seeking a Resettlement Coordinator to assist families who are experiencing homelessness at the City’s Family Shelter, many of whom have recently arrived in Maine and are seeking asylum. This newly created position will coordinate reception and placement services to families as they arrive at the City’s Family Shelter as well as ongoing adjustment, orientation, and social services for eligible clients. The Resettlement Coordinator will work closely with state partners, surrounding municipalities, community organizations, churches, property owners, service providers and various City departments to coordinate services and facilitate self-sufficiency among clients. The position will assist with ensuring wrap around services are being provided to address the growing needs of the newly and recently arrived asylum seeking families through directing case coordination and referrals with municipal programs and external community partners.  

“We are grateful for this partnership with the County, and are looking forward to this new position to help us better coordinate services,” said Kristen Dow, the City’s Health & Human Services Director. “This partnership and position is a step towards a more regional approach to assisting those who are experiencing homelessness in our state.”

The position is being made possible through the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding provided by Cumberland County. The position will be a project position that will be housed within the City’s Health and Human Services Department and will report to the Director of Health and Human Services. It is anticipated that the $210,000 in funding will fund this position for two years. 

"The resettlement coordinator will help families find their way out of crisis," said County Manager James Gailey. "But the position will also help these individuals get settled and established in the region, bringing energy to our cities and towns and ultimately making us a stronger community."

The position will be advertised beginning next week. To view the full job description once it’s posted, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/jobs.  



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