“We are asking for help:” Portland asks Mills for shelter assistance


THESIS TWO AGENDA ITEMS ARE CONNECTED. WELL THE TWO BIG ITEMS ON THE COUNCIL’S AGENDA TONIG HT MIGHT HAVE SEED ME DIFFERENT BUT THEY WERE VERY MUCH INTERTWINED. IT PASSED A 269 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET THAT INCLUDES A 4.8% PROPERTY TAX INCREASE THAT THE CITY SAYS IS DUE TO INFLATION AND RISING COSTS HITTING THE CITY HAR D. ONE OF THOSE RISING COSTS IS IN SHELTERING OVER 1700 PEOPLE A NIGHT, AND TONIT GH THE COUNCIL ASKED AND TH GOVERNOR MILLS FOR HELP. IT UNANIMOUSLY PASSED A RESOLUTION CALLING ON R HE TO CREATE A HOMELESSNESS MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE. IT WANTS THE GOVERNOR TO ESBLTAISH A STATE RESETTLEMENT OFFICE TO HELP PEOPLE LOCE AT EMERGENCY SHELTER AND LONG-TERM HOUSING AND ESTABLISH A STATEWIDE EMERGENCY SHELTER SYSTEM. E THMAYOR OF PORTLAND TONIGHT SAYS THAT THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS IS NO LONGER C AITY ISSUE, BUT A STATE ISSUE. WH WATE’VE SEEN IN PORTLD AN OVER THE LAST EIGHT OR NINE MONTHS IS THAT WE JUST DON’T HAVE THE PHYSICAL CAPACI TY FOR SHELTER IN THE WAY THAT WE NEED IT AND WE DON’T HAVE AS A CITY OF 67 OR 68,000 PEOPLE , THE KIND OF STAFF THAT’SEQ RUIRED TO REALLY DO THIS WORK TO HELP PEOPLE SO WE ARE ASKING FOREL H” P. NOW ON THE BUDGET, THE MAYOR SAYS THAT EVERYBODY HAS BEEN HIT HARD BY RISING COSTS AND CITY HALL IS NO EXCEPTION. S HHEOPES THAT THROUGH COORDINATING WITH THE STATE TO TAKE THE HOUSING BURDEN O FF PORTLAND THAT THE CITY C

‘We are asking for help’: Portland asks Mills for shelter assistance

The Portland City Council passed a resolution calling on the governor to create a homelessness task force

The Portland City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Monday calling on Gov. Janet Mills to create a homelessness management task force in order to help the city deal with its shelter crisis. a state resettlement office, and establish a statewide emergency shelter system.The city shelters over 1,700 people nightly, and last month informed federal immigration authorities and community partners that it has “no further shelter or hotel capacity” to welcome any more asylum seekers.Portland Mayor Kate Snyder said at Monday’s Council meeting that the issue of emergency shelter is no longer a municipal issue, but a state one.”What we’ve seen in Portland over the last eight or nine months is that we just don’t have the physical capacity for shelter in the way that we need it,” Snyder said. “We don’t have as a city of 67 or 68,000 people, the kind of staff that’s required to really do this work to help people. So we are asking for help.”

The Portland City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Monday calling on Gov. Janet Mills to create a homelessness management task force in order to help the city deal with its shelter crisis.

The resolution calls on the prospective task force to regionalize the administration of public benefits, set a minimum level of assistance that each municipality must provide, establish a state resettlement office, and establish a statewide emergency shelter system.

The city shelters over 1,700 people nightly, and last month informed federal immigration authorities and community partners that it has “no further shelter or hotel capacity” to welcome any more asylum seekers.

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder said at Monday’s Council meeting that the issue of emergency shelter is no longer a municipal issue, but a state one.

“What we’ve seen in Portland over the last eight or nine months is that we just don’t have the physical capacity for shelter in the way that we need it,” Snyder said. “We don’t have as a city of 67 or 68,000 people, the kind of staff that’s required to really do this work to help people. So we are asking for help.”

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