Officials in Portland, Maine, are making arrangements to move some asylum seekers from emergency shelters to private housing in the nearby town of Brunswick, Maine. WGME-TV reports that 12 asylum seekers moved into private housing in Brunswick on Friday, and a total of 40 are expected to move into temporary, rent-free housing for up to three months. The housing is offered by a Brunswick housing developer, but the city of Portland will continue to ensure that services like food, education, and health care are provided to the families. The city of Portland has been housing more than 250 immigrants in the Portland Expo basketball arena as officials try to find a longer-term solution because the shelter is only available through mid-August. Maine Public Radio reports that the city can accommodate about 110 people in overflow shelters but expects that housing for about 150 people will be needed over the next month.
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