MIRC Services

Housing 

• Find available rooms for newly-arrived asylum seekers 

o Hotels / motels 

o Host families 

o Places of worship 

o Businesses 

• The Greater Portland Council of Governments’ “Safe in Maine” Resettlement Housing  Project (https://safeinmaine.giv.sh/

• Encouraging municipal and state government to find short-term and long-term solutions • Continuous advocacy at municipal, state, and federal levels for better housing solutions • Key community partners: Avesta Housing, City of Portland, City of South Portland,  

Furniture Friends, Immigrant Resource Center of Maine, Maine Affordable Housing  Coalition, MaineHousing, Preble Street, Prosperity Maine, Quality Housing Coalition… 

Food Distribution  

• Hot, culturally appropriate meals food distribution program at the Root Cellar 

o 300+ meals, six days a week 

• Key community partners: Good Shepherd Food Bank, Preble Street, Tyson Foods 

Healthcare  

• MIRC-coordinated Volunteer Medical Clinic weekly at one of the local hotels 

• Advocacy for increased MaineCare coverage regardless of immigration status 

• Community Health Outreach and Promotion (COVID-19 vaccines, etc.) 

• Key community partners: AK Health & Social Services, Gateway Community Services,  Maine Department of Health & Human Services, Maine Equal Justice 

Transportation 

• Work with regional transportation providers like GPCOG and Portland METRO to  provide better services to new arrivals 

• Provide bus tickets to those in need 

• Key community partners: Freeport Community Services, GPCOG, Hopeful Links,  MANA, Portland METRO 

Immigration Services 

• Coordinating community legal services workshops on the asylum process with  

MaineLaw and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project 

• Spearheading a new project with Hope Acts that lets asylum seekers have appointments  at a local library to print their immigration documents and receive technical assistance • Arrange trips to the Boston Immigration Court 

• Help asylum seekers access various municipal General Assistance offices 

• Work with all four of Maine’s Congressional Offices on referrals for casework assistance • Key community partners: Hope Acts, Hopeful Links, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project,  MaineLaw, City of Portland

Communication 

• Coordinate donations of cell phones, chargers, and SIM cards 

• Advocacy for increased digital equity and access 

• Key community partners: Maine Connectivity Authority, Maine Digital Equity  Taskforce, National Digital Equity Center 

Youth and Education 

• Assisting with school enrollment and integration for immigrant students 

• Promotion of English language courses throughout the region 

• Sharing higher ed opportunities, such as Maine’s new free community college initiative • Key community partners: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, Portland Public  Schools, South Portland Public Schools, Maine Department of Education, other local  school organizations