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Portland City Council approves contract for shelter for asylum seekers

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.

NEW HOMELESS SHELTER OPENS IN PORTLAND, MAINE, AFTER YEARS OF PLANNING

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