Last updated Aug 26, 2021 5 Comments 1

City of Portland, Oxford Street Shelter for Men

Address
203 Oxford Street
Portland, ME - 04101

Open 24 hours a day.
129 bed emergency shelter for men 18 and over, services include housing placement assistance, mental health services, substance abuse services, police on-site for safety. Toiletries, linen, emergency supplies and community referrals available.  They have beds for women but very limited.

From the greyhound station, go right on St. Johns St, Right on Park Ave, and Park Ave turns into Portland St. Go left at the end of Portland St, and Right on Oxford St.

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If you have stayed in this shelter, how was your stay?

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  1. Ok

    Answer posted on May 10, 2021 0
  2. Good

    Answer posted on Sep 7, 2021 0

Is this a safe shelter to stay in?

User Answers

  1. Yes, but people will always try to steal from you.

    Answer posted on May 18, 2021 0
  2. Yes

    Answer posted on Sep 7, 2021 0
  3. I was safe... Find a "shelter-buddy" to watch your stuff and watch theirs (while in bathroom or shower, etc.). This has both men and women, since the Florence House Women's Shelter (Preble Street) only holds 40 people. During COVID the population has been limited to 75. We have a few hundred homeless adults in hotel rooms funded through FEMA.

    Answer posted on Sep 27, 2021 0

Do they accept pets at this shelter?

User Answers

  1. No

    Answer posted on Jul 10, 2021 0

Do you have any advice for those wanting to stay at this shelter?

User Answers

  1. Always, always, always keep everything you own by your side. Do not trust anyone unless you know them well.

    Answer posted on May 18, 2021 0
  2. Find any other option the staff does know the Policies at all

    Answer posted on Aug 11, 2021 0
  3. Bring warm clothes in the winter

    Answer posted on Sep 7, 2021 0
  4. Get to know another shelter resident that you can trust, as the other individual can trust you.

    Answer posted on Sep 27, 2021 0

How long can you stay here?

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  1. As long as it takes

    Answer posted on May 10, 2021 0
  2. No limit... One of my says was for nearly three years. They now work to address needs and housing efforts using a long term stayers model (for about 3 or 4 years). Individual cases are reviewed on a by-name list weekly to find the barrier to a housing placement. A service provider (organization that is part of long term stayers group) is assigned to each individual to work on addressing the pertinent issue. Several hundred have been housed and 90 percent have retained that housing to date.

    Answer posted on Sep 27, 2021 0

5 Comments

  1. Orlando
    Orlando
    Jan 22, 2019Reply
    At Lancaster street, GA building... Not allowed to sleep because staff continue to wake those who fall asleep in an unauthorized mannor, (in more than one seat... Even if those seats are unused! Absolutely bull!
  2. Sia
    Sia
    Feb 21, 2019Reply
    The problem with the homeless people is the space but most importantly the counselors who set there and collect a pay check when they dont help no body to try to get off the streets except african immigrants and most there are african who dont even english its sad and the American staff that work see it as as many homeless people that sign up for there help they get money for thru socail security but they dont help them at all its really corrupt there im glad that there is something coming to light but theres a lot thats untold.
  3. Ela
    Ela
    Aug 21, 2020Reply
    The shelter needs staff that speak clear English when answering phones. Also staff need to completely clean and sanitize the common areas on a daily basis and check everyone for scabies on a daily basis upon entering the shelter, just like for Covid. Scabies are a real problem at all these shelters and this is just one of them that has a high occurence of it.
  4. John
    John
    May 10, 2021Reply
    Im planning on returning to Portland after a yr and a half taking care of my mother in Florida, she passed, I hope to be back & getting senior housing. Thanks.
    • Al
      Al
      Sep 27, 2021Reply
      Far better than most... I lived there four times between 2002 and 2010. It is now open 24 hours a day. Food is delivered because the Preble Street soup kitchen is not serving inside. It can be improved.
  5. Al
    Al
    Sep 27, 2021Reply
    Far better than most... I lived there four times between 2002 and 2010. It is now open 24 hours a day. Food is delivered because the Preble Street soup kitchen is not serving inside. It can be improved.

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