York County Maine assistance.
Find help for heating bills and food assistance
Church Community Outreach Services, located in nearby Kennebunk Maine has several programs that can assist residents in York County. For example, they offer the Kennebunk Community Food Pantry and a heating bill assistance program.
The Kennebunk Community Food Pantry assist families and individuals in the towns of Kennebunk, Alfred, Arundel, and Kennebunkport with emergency food supplies. The pantry will provides people with a generous three-day supply of nonperishable food to any size family and they will also provide vouchers for free food to the Garden Street Market for perishable food items. There are no restrictions on who may receive assistance, they strive to protect people's privacy, and also want to help as many people as possible.
In addition the Church Community Outreach Services also provides other assistance programs to the community. They manage a heating fuel assistance program that will provide up to 100 gallons of free heating fuel to those struggling with paying the cost of winter heating bills.
Another program that is offered is the School Snack Program, which will offer children in need attending area schools with healthy snacks, lunches, and other aid. The Special Needs Program will also works with school nurses and local social workers to provide help to families and their children with unique problems or health care needs.
The organization has been operating since 1990, and the goal of the Church Community Outreach Services is to reach out to help neighbors who need of assistance, no matter what form it needs to take. It is a volunteer organization with no paid staff and almost all funds provided by the government or donated by local citizens go directly toward the costs of their programs. Please call 967-3613 to learn more or apply for aid from Church Community Outreach Services.
Financial assistance for bills and housing expenses
Local town. Each town in York County Maine provides limited financial help for paying bills and expenses. The towns offer temporary financial assistance and cash grants to help pay fuel expenses, utilities, food, electric bills, housing, rent expenses, non-elective medical necessities, and basic services essential to maintain a household and prevent evictions. Call your local town office.
Project Community is a non-profit that offers financial assistance for emergency household expenses. Call the Kennebunk Maine agency at 967-1911
York County Shelter Programs, Inc. offers case management and counseling. However, if it is determined that someone is qualified for financial help, then they may qualify for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing. This is a program that provides rental payments, security deposit help, heating and utility bill payments, storage fees, moving expenses, and assistance for moving costs. The cost associated with obtaining a new apartment may also be included in the financial aid provided.
The non-profit also offers other assistance from its office in Alfred Maine. Everything from eviction prevention to grants for the disabled or seniors are available as well as other financial aid. Dial 324-1137, or find resources from Shelter Programs Inc.
The Salvation Army has locations around York County. They provide residents with emergency food, clothing, funds for paying heating bill and fuel oil, rent help and utility bill assistance, noontime meals; programs for youth and adults are also available. Social workers from the agency, which has locations across the county including in Alfred, can also help people gain self-sufficiency through employment and financial literacy. Call 934-4381, or more on Salvation Army York County assistance programs.
York County Community Action Corporation ((207) 490-5026) offers numerous assistance programs for the low income and working poor in the community. Among the programs offered include
- Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) - Get emergency financial assistance and funds for home heating fuel bills or heating system repairs.
- Low Income Assistance Program (LIAP) - A program that provides financial assistance and cash grants for apartment and home electric and heating bills.
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This is a federal government funded home utility and heating bill assistance program.
- Community Outreach - This is a service that can provide York County, including Alfred and Kennebunk residents, with information and referral, advocates, and emergency assistance for rent help, shelter, utilities, heat, or food.
- Emergency funds from YCCAC - The non-profit will offer support such as direct financial aid for expenses such as rent, energy bills or security deposits. Funding is always limited. Or there may be referrals to loan programs.
- Government benefits - This may include Head Start, weatherization, food, and several other state of Maine and federal resources.
A number of other short term assistance programs and long term self-sufficiency is available. Case managers work with clients in an effort to find a solution to their hardship. More on York County Community Action Agency programs.
York County Housing Authority – Administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program for the local community. It provides the low income with rental assistance by subsidizing a portion of their monthly rent and utilities. If your utilities are not included in rent, the housing program may pay a larger portion of the rent to free up money for the tenant to pay heating and utility bills. 2 South Street, Biddeford, Maine 04005, call 282-6537. A second office is at 114 Emery Street in Sanford, Maine 04073. Phone number (207) 324-2178
DHHS Biddeford District Office – Provides government and public assistance, including medical assistance including MaineCare and Cub Care, TANF, Food stamps, initial financial application for child care subsidy/vouchers, emergency assistance, and general information and referral. Read more Maine public assistance.
Keeping South Berwick Warm provides qualified people with weatherization, heating bill assistance, as well as furnace and boiler tune-ups. 71 Norton Street, South Berwick, ME 03908, number 384-3300 x113
Many agencies across Maine provide free assistance at the holidays. Most of the aid is for Christmas (free toys, presents, and food boxes) but other programs in York County help at Thanksgiving, namely by giving out turkeys or serving meals. A combination of holiday assistance can ensure all families experience some form of joy. Continue with Maine Christmas assistance programs.
Help with foreclosure or mortgage in York County
Call the York County Community Action Corporation at (207) 490-5026. They have HUD certified Housing Counselors who will meet with homeowners. Together the counselor and homeowner may review a number of lending and mortgage programs at area banks and mortgage companies. They will help people deal with delinquent mortgages, credit problems, and provide solutions to a foreclosure. They will also refer people to Maine foreclosure prevention programs. Learn more.
Food, clothing, and other household products
Acton Ecumenical Food Pantry gives out free food once a month. 636-3768
Buxton Community Cupboard runs a food pantry; provides enough food for 3 days. Call 642-2396.
Community Harvest - Offers community food sharing, emergency financial assistance and cash grants, offers scholarship program and educational grants. Click here to learn more about scholarships. Kennebunk Maine. 967-1911
Food for Life/St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - Food box once a month per local household. 247-6458
Those are just a few examples of the pantries in York County Maine. Several other non-profit food distribution centers operate in the region. Click here for details.
Low cost or free medical care
Save money on medical bills by using community clinics. Some of the local facilities are as follows.
Biddeford Free Clinic - This center offers free medical and dental care, non-narcotic prescription medication. General health care. Dial 282-1138, and learn more about how to get medical bill help.
SMMC Visiting Nurses offers medical care on a sliding fee scale. Services offered include adult and child wellness checks, blood pressure checks, camp and sport physicals, blood sugar monitoring, cholesterol testing, health education classes for diabetics, medical equipment loan, routine foot care, and nutrition counseling. Call this Kennebunk based clinic at 985-1000.
Kennebunkport Public Health (phone 967-4401) runs the Healthy Maine Beach Program, home nursing service, offers qualified patients with medical and social service consultations and referrals, nutritional counseling, runs a walk-in clinic and provides occupational, physical, and speech therapy, skilled nursing.
York County Community Health Care - Provides timely, high quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare and medical services for York County Maine individuals and families who are homeless and for those who reside in public housing. (207) 490-5026
Leavitt's Mill Free Health Center is a clinic that offers primary care and preventative health services, non-narcotic prescriptions, assistance with prescription assistance, dental hygiene, clinic screening and laboratory services, and referrals. 63 Main Street, Bar Mills, Maine 04004. Phone 929-6455