Oxford and Franklin County Maine assistance programs

United Methodist Economic Ministry - Call this local charity to apply for heating or fuel assistance, basic home repairs, medical equipment assistance, wheel chair ramp construction, and information on other programs or non-profits in Franklin County Maine. Salem 678-2611.

Both Franklin and Oxford area of Maine are supported by the Western Maine Community Action, Inc. Resources and services offered include those listed below.

Utility and heating bill assistance is provided as well as grants and money to help low income individuals pay heating costs and bills for either renters or homeowners. A number of emergency assistance funds for fuel delivery may be available for the low income in the community. Another program is the Energy Crises Intervention Program (ECIP), which may be able to provide cash grants as well as emergency financial assistance for low income eligible households for an emergency fuel delivery or to prevent a shut off. In addition, the government supported Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), also known as Fuel Assistance, provides direct cash grants and payments to fuel vendors on behalf of income eligible households for paying for electricity, oil, kerosene, LP gas, coal, wood and wood pellets.

Food can be obtained from a few sources, including Women’s Infant and Children. Informally known as WIC, the program provides families and individuals with nutrition and health information. One of the primary services offered are referrals to Maine health care clinics as well as other social service programs. WIC can also importantly offer vouchers to families to help them purchase healthy foods including: cereal, milk, cheese, juice, eggs, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, brads, as well as whole grains.

The government run commodity food program, also called (TEFAP), can give deliveries to those in need. They partner with ten local food pantries and banks across the region. They also partner with Good Shepherd Food Bank in Maine.



Senior Food Program, which is also called the WMCA’s Supplemental Commodity Food Program, gives food to seniors and elderly adults in the community.

Rent assistance is offered from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program. This service provides help to the low income in Franklin and Oxford Counties, and support is available to renters who are in the eviction process and also help is offered to those who are homeless in the community.


Appliance Replacement Program (ARP) replaces old and/or inefficient refrigerators, light bulbs, and freezers with modern, energy efficient equipment such as compact fluorescent lights and energy efficient freezers and refrigerators.

Help finding a job - An on site Career Center is where the unemployed and people who are looking for new skills can turn to. It is the place to start when you’re looking for your first job, your next job, a better job-or a whole new career or to increase your income. The agency offers job listings in a wide range of fields as well as educational information, careers and assistance.

Operation Santa Claus program works closely with local businesses and organizations to provide gifts to the more than 1200 children and elderly individuals who are served by the program.

Home Repair Hardship Grants - People who are 62 or older and/or who may be financially eligible for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program may be qualified to receive grants to repair their homes. Cash grant awards or very low interest (or zero percentage) loans of up to $5,000 are available to help cover home repairs and updates.

To learn more about any of the programs offered above, dial Western Maine Community Action, Inc. at (207) 645-3764.




Avesta Housing - This non-profit runs the local version of MaineHousing's Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Read more on section 8 housing vouchers. However, in general the program provides rental assistance by subsidizing a portion of the renters monthly rent and utilities and they pay money directly to landlords on behalf of the rent. If your utilities or heating bills are not included in rent, the program may pay a larger portion of the rent so the tenant is able to cover their monthly utility payments on their own. A significant amount of financial assistance is provided, and the amount of aid is equal to the difference between what the tenant pays toward rent and the cost of the rent. Norway Maine 744-4046

Community Concepts - This HUD approved housing counseling agency offers resources, information, advocacy, housing counseling, and more services to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. An on site housing counselor provides one-on-one assistance to homeowners in the region, and the services offered are free of charge. Some of the assistance includes determining a budget for the homeowner and establishing a payment plan in cooperation with the lender or homeowners bank to prevent default or foreclosure. Located in South Paris 333-6418

Rumford Community Based Outpatient Clinic - A community clinic that offers fees that will vary based upon primary medical and health care and preventive health services. Other services provided include health promotion and disease prevention, medical benefits counseling, laboratory services, mental health services, as well as home-based primary care. 877-421-8263 x3200

Receive free food or groceries from Carthage and Weld Food Pantry  562-8874 or Oxford Helping Hands Food Pantry  539-4431.




By Jon McNamara

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