- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland homeless advocates plan to lay out 75 foam mats in City Hall Plaza to call attention to the loss of overflow shelter space.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1K3w5zu ) Homeless Voices for Justice is protesting a plan to close one of the city’s emergency shelters on July 1 and to stop using hotels as an overflow shelter for homeless families.

State officials recently informed the city it will no longer pay the overall operating costs for its shelters and will only reimburse the city for people who are financially eligible.

The group says each night there are nearly 500 people seeking emergency shelter and only 376 beds are provided by the city and nonprofit groups.

Tuesday’s demonstration will take place before a public hearing discussing the planned closure.



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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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