In this July 4, 2019, file photo, Malu Klo, an asylum seeker from the Congo, attends a picnic for refugees at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The city of South Portland announced on Tuesday that it could no longer guarantee that it would be able to provide shelter for asylum seekers.

A letter approved by city councilors on Tuesday reads that hotels that accept general assistance have reached capacity, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The letter also notes that the regional shelter in Portland is also at capacity. Earlier this month, Portland announced that it could no longer guarantee shelter, but would consider providing General Assistance vouchers to allow asylum seekers the opportunity to find their own housing.

The letter will be sent to a group of approximately 30 nonprofit organizations that work to place asylum seekers in the area once it has been signed by Mayor Deqa Dhalac, according to the Press Herald.

Last week, a group of more than 70 organizations sent a letter asking state organizations to oversee services for asylum seekers.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.