(PORTLAND PRESS HERALD) More than one-third of the 30 people who stayed the longest at two city-run homeless shelters each had at least $20,000 in bank accounts, according to a state audit of Portland’s General Assistance program.
Among those 13 people, the person who had stayed at city shelters the longest had nearly $92,500 in his accounts, while another was reported to have as much as $161,000 in liquid assets, the state says.
The state provides General Assistance reimbursements to cities for eligible people staying at homeless shelters. The audit done by Department of Health and Human Services examiners concluded that the city “is in violation of a number of statutory and regulatory requirements, including but not limited to improper eligibility determination and reimbursement practices with respect to the operation of Portland’s Oxford Street Shelter and Family Shelter.”
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