The recent crisis reported about the asylum seekers in Portland (“Portland officials ask for help as number of asylum seekers continues to grow,” Jan. 24) has a simple, common-sense solution. Rather than scrambling to obtain funding and resources after creating an unrestricted emergency housing program that accepts all asylum seekers, as Portland seems to be doing, perhaps municipalities should first create the program with its own budget that is agreed upon by taxpaying Mainers.

The scope of the program would then be set based on the resources available, and the asylum seekers accepted into the program would be provided the assistance needed. Crisis avoided.

Peter Rowland

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