The City Council in Maine’s largest city approved a contract to provide services at a new homeless shelter that would serve asylum seekers.
Portland has dealt with a surge of asylum seekers in recent months. The city repurposed a basketball arena to serve as a temporary shelter for the immigrants.
The council approved a contract with a private developer Monday to own and manage the new shelter, which is located farther from downtown than the arena. The Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition will also assist in providing services.