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PORTLAND (WGME) – Nearly 200 asylum seekers have to be out of an emergency shelter at the Portland Expo by this Thursday as the Red Claws move back in.
While state and city leaders scramble to find them housing, some homeless Mainers say they feel left behind.
The article goes on to state the following:
The I-Team found more than 18,000 Mainers are on a waiting list for Section 8 and that’s just one program to help low-income families get affordable housing.
Many of those people are homeless and hungry and have already been waiting years for their number to be called.
Zanetta Smith said she’s thankful for a storage shack in the woods where a friend is letting her live.
The article states that in the city of Portland, Maine alone, there are nearly 1,400 people on a waiting list for housing – which could take as long as 3 years. Yet, over 150 asylum seekers who arrived in June have been transferred out of the shelter into housing across several towns in Maine, including Portland.
“Of course when the asylum seekers come up here they offered them free housing. How do they have a place for them but not for us?” Smith wants to know.
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I-TEAM: While state and city leaders scramble to find housing for asylum seekers, some homeless Mainers say they feel left behind: https://t.co/owV37Saudl
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