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City of Portland: Want to Help Asylum Seekers

June 14, 2019

Portland makes plans to handle ‘very critical emergency’ as surge of asylum seekers arrives

City Manager Jon Jennings said 350 cots will be placed in the Portland Expo on Wednesday night to provide temporary shelter to over 125 asylum seekers. 

City officials said Wednesday they have set up an emergency operations center and begun securing resources such as cots, linens, food, health-care providers and translators as Portland prepares for the arrival of about 150 asylum seekers from Africa who crossed the southern border into the United States.

City Manager Jon Jennings said the city has received nearly 100 asylum seekers, most of whom are fleeing violence and persecution in the sub-Saharan countries of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, since Sunday. And that number does not include the 150 or so asylum seekers that have boarded buses in recent days in San Antonio, Texas, to ride to Portland, he said.

HOW TO HELP ASYLUM SEEKERS IN PORTLAND

Online:

http://www.portlandmaine.gov/
1554/Support-Asylum-Seekers

TEXT:

“EXPO” to 91999

In person:
City Manager’s Office
Room 208
389 Congress Street
Portland City Hall
Portland, ME 04101

City of Portland Social Services Office
196 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101

By mail:
Send checks to:
City of Portland
City Managers Office, Room 208
389 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

City of Portland Social Services
196 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101

*Please write in the memo field “to support asylum seekers”.

By phone:
To donate by phone call the City Manager’s Office at 207-874-8685 or the Social Services Office at 207-775-7911

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