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Portland Nonprofits That Helped Asylum Seekers May Apply To Be Reimbursed

Patty Wight
Maine Public/file
Cots were set up at the Portland Expo for hundreds of asylum seekers who arrived in Portland last summer.

The city of Portland is preparing to accept applications to reimburse nonprofits for contributions they made to the care of hundreds of asylum seekers who arrived in Portland this summer.

The city operated its first ever 24/7 emergency family shelter in the Portland Expo from June to August.

“There certainly is a large enough pot of money right now that we definitely want to be able to assist those groups that made our effort such a success this summer.”

City spokesperson Jessica Grondin says the reimbursements will come from a fund of more than $900,000 from more than 4000 donors across the country.

“I don't know exactly how much will be disbursed at this point, but we are looking forward to seeing the applications that we receive and reviewing them as quickly as possible,” she says.

Grondin says organizations can connect to the program via email: ASDonations@portlandmaine.gov.

Originally published Nov. 25, 2019 at 8:20 p.m. ET.