City uses private donations to fund aid for asylum seekers
Portland is moving forward with plans to use private donations to continue providing financial help to asylum-seekers.
The Portland Press Herald reports the city council is set to hold a workshop Monday on a plan to phase out the funding over the next two years.
The council recently voted unanimously to direct $45,000 in private donations to the fund.
The newspaper says Portland's policy of providing financial assistance to non-citizens prompted the city to not accept a federal law enforcement grant.
A city councilor said a larger conversation about the policy will take place later during the city's budget process.
Portland's current budget included $200,000 for in such funding. But the city manager says the fund was $35,000 over budget through March and has stopped accepting new applicants.