Maine eviction prevention and homeless assistance.
The state of Maine can provide assistance to residents that are facing an eviction from resources such as the Emergency Solutions Grant program or other federal resources. Non-profit agencies as well as local town offices may have information on this emergency program. The funds are also used to rehouse the homeless, assist with security deposits, pay for short term transitional housing or other costs such as utility connection fees.
The focus is to stop homelessness from occurring in the first place, so families that are in danger of being evicted need to seek help as soon as they begin to fall behind on their monthly rent. Case managers or social workers from local agencies will review the situation with the tenant and try to find a solution to their hardship. This can include everything from emergency grants to case management or landlord mediation. Examples of some of what may be provided is below.
- If the individual has a one time, short term hardship, and if funds are available, they are more likely to receive a government grant for paying their rental costs.
- Individuals in Maine that are too far behind or constantly struggling may be enrolled into long term case management to help them gain stability.
- Case managers from a non-profit may offer mediation, which can explore payment plans and other possible options other than evictions.
- The homeless in Maine may qualify for assistance in the form of placement into a shelter and then funds to pay the security deposit on a new apartment, after they are stabilized.
Maine works to offer residents a number of resources and services. The goal is on keeping people housed, and what is offered is wide ranging and can include shelter, rapid re-housing, prevention, advice and more. So while funds for paying rent or the deposit on a new apartment may be limited, the various agencies all strive to do what it takes to address the hardship that a family may be faced with. This type of holistic support is often referred to as the continuum of Care and is focused on solving any crisis that may come up.
The homeless can be assisted through shelter and rapid re-housing. Much of the focus of this is on stabilization of their overall financial condition. In order to make this happen, the individual will need to participate in various workshops and case management sessions. They will touch upon things such as employment, credit counseling, job training, and more.
After stabilization of their financial situation has occurred, there may be help for both locating and moving into long term, permanent housing. To help make this happen, come applicants may be assisted with paying for moving costs or any security deposits that may be due from their future landlords.
Other support services can be provided too. Using funds from HUD or other government entities, homeowners may be able to receive free foreclosure counseling. There can also be legal aid provided when it comes to preventing illegal evictions. Many charities and non-profits in Maine can use federal government grants to pay for the operation of shelters or transitional housing facilities. So assistance can be provided in many different forms.
Agencies for help with evictions in Maine
Resident can contact their local town or county for referrals and information on general assistance or other resources. In addition, some of the leading non-profits in the state to try are below.
Androscoggin, Lewiston region, and Franklin County – Telephone (207) 795-4065.
Aroostook County – Call (207) 764-3721 for referrals.
Cumberland – Call (207) 553-5800. Referrals may be provided to ESG funds for rent or security deposits. Other homeless programs are available too.
Hancock, Washington County - (207) 664-2424
Kennebec and Somerset – Maine phone number is (207) 859-1500.
Midcoast Maine region, which includes portions of Cumberland County, the Bath area, and Lincoln – Telephone (207) 442-7963. Call for information on emergency grants, location of shelters, and other housing assistance.
Penobscot, Knox, Lincoln, , Piscataquis County - (207) 973-3500
Waldo County - (207) 338-6809
Western Maine area, such as Franklin, Oxford, Androscoggin – For help in stopping an eviction or referrals, dial (207) 645-3764.
York County – Main phone (207) 324-5762