Bangor library overwhelmed by city’s struggle with growing homeless population

Charles Cortright made the decision this week to leave Arizona and return to Bangor after spending a year in Tucson living on the street.

He took an Amtrak train from Arizona to Boston. He then made it to the Augusta area and sought help at the Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where staff told him they had nowhere for him to go. He took a bus back to Bangor, where he was living before he became homeless.

Cortright planned to sleep at the Mansion Church on Center Street on Thursday night, but doesn’t know where he’ll go after it closes its warming center on Friday.


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