Finding housing for asylum seekers a priority in Maine, while homeless told to keep waiting

Finding housing for asylum seekers a priority in Maine, while homeless told to keep waiting

If you want to get priority treatment in America these days, it’s easy. Just be an alien who claims to be seeking asylum.

CBS affiliate WGME reports:

Nearly 200 asylum seekers have to be out of an emergency shelter at the Portland Expo by this Thursday as the Red Claws move back in.

While state and city leaders scramble to find them housing, some homeless Mainers say they feel left behind.

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The I-Team found more than 18,000 Mainers are on a waiting list for Section 8 and that’s just one program to help low-income families get affordable housing.

Many of those people are homeless and hungry and have already been waiting years for their number to be called.

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According to Maine Housing, the statewide Maine Centralized Section 8 waiting list is now up to 18,316.

Maine, a solidly blue state, appears to have drunk the Democratic Party’s Kool-Aid, according to which Donald Trump’s alleged mistreatment of migrants at the border is so callous and inhumane that would-be Americans have more rights than people born in the U.S.

One down-on-her-luck Mainer is Zanetta Smith, who lost her apartment after she got sick and couldn’t work. For the past 5 years, she has been living in her car.

Smith is one of 1,400 residents on a waiting list for housing, where she is likely destined to remain for three years. As she wonders aloud in the video that follows (starting at 2:24)

When asylum seekers come up here, they offered them free housing. How do they have a place for them, but not for us?

How indeed?

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