InterMed, Maine’s largest independent physician-owned practice, announced Monday that it has made a $30,000 donation to the Quality Housing Coalition in an effort to address the homelessness crisis in Greater Portland. Established in 1993 and serving over 100,000 patients across the state, InterMed has grown to employ more than 900 clinicians and staff.
The Quality Housing Coalition is committed to providing permanent homes and financial security for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The organization’s Project HOME program has already provided 650 permanent homes to more than 1,500 adults and children who have experienced homelessness.
InterMed President Dr. Phyllidia Ku-Ruth stated that they wanted to commemorate their 30th anniversary by supporting an organization that directly tackles the affordable housing crisis in southern Maine. Dr. Ku-Ruth expressed her excitement about the partnership with the Quality Housing Coalition, stating that stable housing is essential for good health.
Victoria Morales, executive director of the Quality Housing Coalition, expressed her gratitude for InterMed’s support and stated that their donation will help them continue their work of providing a safe and stable home for those in need. Morales emphasized that access to affordable housing is a major barrier to good health and wellbeing, which makes this collaboration all the more crucial.