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Two hotels to stop housing homeless following complaints

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Days Inn and Comfort Inn near the Maine Mall will not renew its contract with MaineHousing to provide emergency shelter.
Credit: NEWS CENTER Maine
The Maine State Housing Authority will receive $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to address affordable housing and homelessness issues in Maine.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A company operating two hotels in Maine has said it will stop hosting hundreds of people experiencing homelessness because of complaints from neighboring businesses. 

The Portland Press Herald reported that the Days Inn and Comfort Inn near the Maine Mall in South Portland will not renew its contract with MaineHousing to provide emergency shelter when it expires on May 31. 

Suresh Gali, head of New Gen Hospitality Management, made the announcement at a city meeting Friday. 

City officials said they’re working with state officials to identify new emergency shelter space for the nearly 300 people being sheltered at the hotels.

 

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