The Quality Housing Coalition received a $30,000 donation from InterMed on Monday to help in their efforts to address the homelessness crisis in Greater Portland. InterMed, Maine’s largest independent physician-owned practice, has grown to serve more than 100,000 patients across the state with a team of more than 900 clinicians and staff. In commemoration of their 30th anniversary, they wanted to place their support with an organization that directly works to mitigate the affordable housing crisis in southern Maine.
The executive director of the Quality Housing Coalition, Victoria Morales, expressed her excitement about the donation and stated that stable housing is the foundation of health. Through its Project HOME program, the coalition has provided 650 permanent homes to more than 1,500 adults and children who have experienced homelessness. This partnership aims to address the community conditions that Maine people need to thrive. The lack of access to housing is a major barrier to good health, which is why this collaboration is so essential.