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Androscoggin County assistance programs.

Help for paying bills and living expenses

Safe Voices, is a domestic violence resource center. The location provides emergency housing and also offers emotional support, job seeking assistance, advocacy, parenting support, or short term housing. There are also referrals to other service providers and local charities, information on Maine and federal government programs, and the agency develops safety plans. Call 800-559-2927

Rural Community Action Ministry (phone 524-5095) offers programs to prevent homelessness by networking with other charities and non-profit agencies; funds to help prevent evictions, pay security and utility deposits, and prevent electrical disconnections; provide information and referrals to area resources and government programs. Learn more on how to get help with electric bills.

General assistance. Each town in Maine and Androscoggin County provides this service. Call your local town office and ask for temporary assistance or emergency help with paying for fuel, utilities, food or groceries, heating oil housing, non-elective medical necessities, and other basic services and living expenses that essential to maintaining a household.

Salvation Army of Auburn and Lewiston - These locations run a food pantry and also administer an emergency assistance program for paying bills and housing expenses. The church based group may also help with a mobile soup kitchen, heating bill assistance, winter clothing, and offer holiday meals and gifts. For more details on the charity, as well as the application process, call 783-0801. Or find additional Androscoggin County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Western Maine Community Action, Inc. - Numerous assistance programs are offered.

  • Help finding a job - Access a listing of job openings, and get access to career and educational information and assistance.
  • Energy programs - Weatherization programs help people conserve energy and save money on utility bills. Get loans and grants to replace heating equipment, furnaces, water heaters, and other home improvements.
  • Food pantry - Get free food and groceries.





  • Low income energy program, as well as home energy assistance program - Get help to pay utility bill, heating expenses, and prevent a disconnection of your service.

Call the community action agency at (207) 645-9604.

Auburn Housing Authority Housing is based at 20 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, ME 04210. They run the section 8 voucher program, which helps very low income families with their rent. Self-Sufficiency programs, referrals to loans or security deposit resources, and other aid is provided. Phone 207-784-7351.

Legal assistance in Androscoggin

Low income and qualified individuals can get free legal assistance from Pine Tree Legal Assistance. Get help for foreclosures, eviction prevention, landlord/tenant problems, unsafe housing, fair housing violations, poverty tax abatements, Medicaid services and access to health care, illegal job termination, federal tax problems, problems with TANF, food stamps or general assistance, domestic violence, foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, special education, consumer issues, consumer debt, DHHS issues, and child support issues, employment issues, job training and ASPIRE, debt collectors, and other non-criminal issues. The law firm will also accept referrals for Maine Attorneys Saving Homes foreclosure assistance. More on foreclosure programs. Call 784-1558

Health care

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center (phone 777-8848) gives patients affordable preventative health care and education; prescription drug program can also provide low priced medications. 777-8848




Food banks and pantry

Greene Baptist Church runs a food pantry and provides people with nonperishable and frozen foods. 946-5505

High Street Community Food Pantry of Auburn Maine runs a food pantry that you can use once per month. 784-1306

Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Food Pantry provides both food and clothing. Phone 353-9593.


By Jon McNamara














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