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Assistance programs Kennebec County and Augusta.

Find financial help as well as free items from charities, churches, and government human services in Kennebec County. The working poor and low to income families can get help with paying everything from utility bills to housing (rent or mortgages) as well as free food, fuel bill assistance and more. There is grant money in Augusta and the county as well as social services.

Get grants for paying rent or electric or utility bills. There is loans or grants for security deposits or mortgage help and more in Augusta Maine area, even including personal loans for bad or no credit borrowers. Also find free school supplies for students or groceries from food pantries as well as medical care and free medications. The Kennebec County programs, along with case management and debt/foreclosure counseling help struggling families that are in a crisis.

Utilities, food, rent, and housing assistance in Kennebec County

Each town in Kennebec County Maine provides temporary emergency assistance with paying for heating fuel, utilities, providing free food, housing and rent help, non-elective medical necessities, and basic services essential to maintain a household in the state of Maine. Albion (437-2900), Augusta (626-2325), Belgrade (495-2258) are just some examples of the towns and their phone numbers. Call your town and ask them about this offering.

Catholic Charities of Augusta Maine provides help to people throughout the county. One of the programs under highest demand is rent help from the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Engagement and Stabilization. Work with a housing counselor to get assistance, including limited direct cash aid for paying expenses. Both energy bills, gas, heating, furnace repairs and more may be paid.

The Parishes that are part of Catholic Charities offer many other social services as well. Whether it is low cost mental health counseling, food from a pantry or affordable child care, low cost goods from thrift stores, or assistance for the disabled or seniors, assistance is offered. The main office is in Augusta, and dial 242-2721 or (207) 514-1451. Continue with Catholic Charities in Kennebec County.

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program offers numerous programs including social services, child and family services, energy and heating bill services, housing services, health and medical care services, social services, government programs and transportation assistance services. Specifically, the assistance programs offered are.

 

 

 

  • Energy programs - Get help with utilities, heating bill assistance, education programs, and assistance making homes more energy efficient from weatherization.
     
  • Food - They partner with food banks and also provide emergency food assistance for individuals.
     
  • Foreclosure prevention - Information, advocacy, counseling, and resources to avoid foreclosure, and information on Maine foreclosure and mortgage assistance programs.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program - This is a service that will provide money and cash assistance to help pay heating and fuel costs for homeowners and renters; emergency assistance funds for fuel delivery may be available, and aid to prevent a disconnection.
     
  • Child care and medical care- Learn about various local resources and services to contact for health care, medications, and child care assistance.
     
  • Information - Learn about various Maine and federal government assistance programs, as well as charity organizations.

Call (207) 873-0158 to speak to the Waterville based Kennebec Maine community action agency. Case managers can provide clients information on those and other social services or government benefits. Both short term financial aid and long term self-sufficiency is available. Read KVCAP assistance programs.

Government assistance - The state of Maine offers residents several different low income, working poor, and social service programs. Depending on your income and number of household members, some of the resources provided can include heating bill assistance from LIHEAP, cash assistance, SNAP food stamps, and health care. Some services can also help the unemployed and others either find a new job, or improve their skills. Read more Maine public assistance.

 

 

 

 

The Capital Area Salvation Army provides social services in Kennebec County. The charity, which is a Christian church groups, helps people of all ages, races, and religions. They assist whether they are single moms, immigrants, or some other group of individuals. Assistance may be as follows.

  • Disaster and emergency response.
  • Holiday and seasonal programs, such as free toys, school supplies or uniforms for students from K to 12 and meals.
  • Food pantry.
  • The Salvation Army has information on shelter and housing resources.
  • Referrals to emergency financial support, including loans, utility or water bills programs, rent, security deposit resources, and more.

Many other social services may also be offered, based on funding. More on the Kennebec County Salvation Army programs.

Legal aid, including legal assistance for foreclosures

Call Augusta based Pine Tree Legal. This law firm provides free legal assistance with civil issues including eviction, foreclosures, landlord/tenant problems, or they also address unsafe housing. Lawyers also help Augusta area families with fair housing violations, Medicaid services and access to health care, unemployment claims, or they address federal tax problems.

Pine Tree Legal offers other free legal aid. Attorneys help with poverty tax abatements, problems with TANF, food stamps or general assistance, government programs, domestic violence, foreclosure prevention, or they help families who were taking advantage of by predatory lending. Learn more on personal loans for bad credit borrowers.

Or get free legal aid for special education, bankruptcy advice, consumer issues, DHHS issues, and child support issues, or employment issues. There is also the program known as Attorneys Saving Homes foreclosure assistance.  Phone 622-4731.

Debt programs

Money Management International of Augusta runs the local budget and debt counseling programs. They are a non-profit that offers many free services in the Augusta area. The agency provides reverse mortgage counseling, bankruptcy advice, housing counseling, as well as free foreclosure assistance programs and mediation. Counselors also help clients with financial education and debt consolidation services.

Free groceries and food pantries in Augusta and the county

Lord's Cupboard - Readfield 685-4572

Northeast Dream Center - The center offers clothing, emergency food and groceries, and can redistribute food to food pantries and churches. Winslow - 692-2128

Sidney Food Cupboard - Sidney Maine 547-3543. They have free groceries, household goods and other items.

 

 

 

 

Loaves and Fishes - Augusta ME 622-6273. A leading free food pantry in the Kennebec and Augusta Maine region. Free meals, perishable items, and other government commodity foods are distributed. Also meals are provided around the major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Kennebec free community clinics

Belgrade Regional Health Center offers general medical services, health care, acute and chronic illness care, referrals to community resources, family planning, limited laboratory services, prescription assistance program, health care, and 24 hour on call emergency coverage. Phone 495-3323.

By Jon McNamara

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