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Assistance programs Penobscot County and Bangor.

Find information financial assistance as well as free stuff in Penobscot County and Bangor Maine. Locate churches, charities and government benefits from Human Service Offices in Bangor that provide free grant money to pay rent or utility bills. Or get free groceries, clothes, low income senior citizen housing or school supplies as well as health care from clinics. Get financial help near you in Penobscot County and Bangor ME.

There is financial help for the low income, elderly and other qualified individuals in Bangor and the county. They can get access to assistance programs, help for paying energy bills, mortgage assistance, as well as social services. There is also other free items including Christmas toys, money for seniors or heating oil.

Community action hardship grants in Penobscot County

The local Bangor community action agency, Penquis, offers services to residents of all of Penobscot County. There is also emergency financial help, heating repairs, and other resources. Examples include the following. Call them at (207) 973-3500.

  • Heating and electric bill assistance programs - A few options include the Fuel Assistance program, Electrical Utility Assistance, the PUC refrigerator program (which provides free refrigerators). There is also assistance, including utility forgiveness programs, from Maine Power Credits. Learn more on utility bill forgiveness programs.
  • Free Home repairs and loans in Bangor Maine area - One option includes the Home Emergency Loan Program. Loans can be used for either housing repairs, or the money can be used to addresses nearly any small homeowner emergency or to pay bills. Fees for services are on a needs-based sliding scale. There are conditions to receiving aid.
  • Free foreclosure assistance - The state of Maine offers several free foreclosure assistance programs that can help people save their homes. Read more on Maine free foreclosure assistance.
  • Telephone Lifeline Program - This is a service that provides low to moderate income eligible households in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox Counties with a rate reduction on the installation and monthly discounts on their phone bills.




Emergency financial assistance for bills, food and more in Penobscot County

Bangor Maine Salvation Army also offers people in need with several social services and financial assistance programs. Some of the resources include free holiday help, such as meals or Christmas gifts for both kids and seniors. There may also be meals or free groceries from a food pantry, warm coats, heating fuel or oil and money for rent.

  • The Salvation Army in Penobscot County may also provide free clothing, back to school supplies and financial assistance for utility costs, rent and other bills. Or get a free gas voucher for a job or room for a motel. Referrals and other support may be provided. Call (207) 941-2990, or learn more on Penobscot County Salvation Army assistance programs.

Housing, rent help, and low cost apartments are available in Penobscot County. The region has 10 different government offices, charities, as well as homeless shelters. Whether money to pay rent, free vouchers for a motel room, or security deposit or fuel bill help, assistance is offered. Priority is for low income families, seniors, the disabled and others. Continue with rental and deposit assistance in Penobscot County.

  • Senior citizens in Bangor Maine area, and the county, can get free or low cost housing, including no wait list homes or apartments. They offer both a place to live as well as home care, recreational activities and other support. Learn more on subsidized senior citizen housing.

Catholic Charities of Bangor and Penobscot is a leading social service agency. Emergency housing, rent, and eviction prevention may be offered from PATH. The location has information on, and can refer clients to, food pantries and soup kitchens for free groceries and hot meals.

  • Other services include assistance for immigrants, funds for heating bills, and basic needs such as clothing. Hundreds of families benefit from their programs every year. A major focus is on helping single moms, people with no money and the poor get both (1) financial help or (2) free stuff they need. More on Maine Catholic Charities assistance programs.





Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) in Bangor provides a number of resources. The main church is  St. Paul the Apostle Parish. There are free boots, sneakers and shoes from the My New Shoes. Some emergency funds, including for heating bills, are offered. There are also free holiday presents from Christmas Giving Trees, a monthly food box, the attic thrift store and other resources. More on Penobscot County St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs.

Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance is for women, kids, and others in the county that are affected by domestic violence. They provide safe homes, transitional apartments, free legal aid, and other support services. The goal is to keep the person safe and give long term support, including around employment, housing and more. The location is 77 Essex St, Bangor, ME 04401. Phone: (207) 945-5102 or 1-800-863-9909

Department of Health and Human Services provides public assistance, government benefit applications and other aid to low-income families. The address is 19 Maine Ave, Bangor, ME 04401.  The Department of Health and Human Services for Penobscot County will provide information on state and federal assistance programs, including SNAP (food stamps) as well as ways to get free government money.

  • DHHS has many programs. This will help the low-income or single moms get a free EBT card. Or get applications to free money from TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and MaineCare (Medicaid). Dial (207) 561-4100

Manna Ministries is a free food pantry, soup kitchen, and charity. Get groceries, personal stuff, baby formula or diapers, and samples among other support. The location is at 126 Union Street, Bangor, ME. Call 207-852-5635. Or look here for how to try free samples.Financial help Bangor Maine and Penobscot County

Free, high quality legal assistance

Pine Tree Legal Assistance operates in Bangor and across Maine, and the goal of this statewide nonprofit law firm is to provide free, high quality legal assistance to elderly as well as low to moderate income households. There are attorneys in both Penobscot County Maine as well as the city, and they help families with civil legal problems.

  • Using volunteer attorneys offering pro-bono services, as well as experienced paralegal advocate, the agency's Homeless Advocacy Program provides monthly outreach, foreclosure prevention advice, community education and advocacy services to the residents and staff of people faced with losing their homes as well as the areas homeless. The goal of the firm is to help all people secure safe and affordable housing, healthcare, education, deal with debt and access public benefits. Dial (207) 942-8241. Or look here for more details on free Maine lawyers.

Free medical and dental in Bangor and Penobscot County

PENOBSCOT Community Health Center has many free or cheap health and dental programs. There is a free pharmacy, immunizations, OB/GYN for women, implants or dentures for the poor and more. There is free medical for the low-income and people on Medicaid / MaineCare too. the community center is at 1012 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401. Call (207) 404-8100. There is also free Walk-In Care, Infusion Center, and other services. Read more on free emergency dental in Maine.

Hope House Health and Living Center provides a broad range of health services including medical and dental care. They also help with substance abuse treatment from  179 Corporate Dr, Bangor, ME 04401. Phone: (207) 217-6713





Foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance programs

If you are behind on your monthly mortgage payment, or facing a foreclosure, contact MaineStream Finance. The non-profit agency is a HUD approved housing counseling agency. They offer a wide variety of assistance, and information on various programs. As an example, they provide either face to face or phone counseling when individuals or families are facing a foreclosure on their primary home.

The services they provide are offered through government funds and private donations made available by both USDA and CHAPPA. The free foreclosure counseling programs are set up in 1 hour increments and will cover options besides foreclosure, budgeting, debt reduction and an action plan. Click here to learn more about Maine mortgage and foreclosure programs, or call them at 207-973-3500


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