New teen homeless shelter opening in Portland

A new shelter for homeless teenagers is scheduled to open in Portland next month. The $3 million, 24-bed Preble Street Resource Center’s Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter replaces the cramped, outdated, and musty smelling Lighthouse Teen Shelter that had just 16 uncomfortable and pest-plagued beds. Chris Bicknell, Preble Street’s teen services coordinator, said teen homelessness is an increasing problem in Maine, spurred by abuse or addiction. The Portland Press Herald reported that the new shelter is twice the size of the old shelter.