City uses private donations to fund aid for asylum seekers

Published: Apr. 28, 2019 at 8:12 PM EDT
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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.