Southern Maine is an inclusive, caring, and collaborative community that focuses its resources strategically so that everyone grows and prospers through enhanced educational opportunities, financial stability, and healthy living.
Yancel attends Avesta Housing’s weekly Remote Learning Program where he has access to high-speed internet, PPE, tutors, and meals. This collaboration between Avesta, Westbrook School Department, The Opportunity Alliance, Intercultural Community Center, and others is funded by UWSM’s Brick & Beam Society.
Nelma had been searching for work with no luck for nearly two months when she discovered Street Academy, a UWSM program partner. Through their Learn to Earn program, which helps young people get work experience, Nelma was connected with her first job at Preble Street’s Resource Center.
HOME Team seeks out individuals experiencing homelessness or substance use disorder and provides food and water, connections to services, or sometimes simply a conversation. Through support from UWSM, HOME Team has increased access to medical and substance use care through medical care referrals.
Thrive2027 is three 10-year goals created by and for the community. They are grounded in data and reflect the hopes and dreams of thousands throughout Southern Maine. They provide a clear, unifying path forward to a better future for everyone.
Headline Indicator: By 2027, reduce the reading proficiency gap to no more than 10 percentage points between all third-grade students and students from populations with historical inequities.
2020 Baseline: The disparity between all students and specific groups ranges between 20-24%.
Headline Indicator: By 2027, 70% of households pay less than 30% of their income on housing
Baseline: 65% of households pay less than 30% of their income on housing
2021 Benchmark: 68% of households pay less than 30% of their income on housing
Headline Indicator: By 2027, reduce preventable premature deaths by 10%
Baseline: 6,128 Years of Potential Life Lost per 100,000 people
Target: 5,515 Years of Potential Life Lost per 100,000 people