Government Assistance

Emergency Shelters– There are more than fifty emergency shelters throughout Maine to help alleviate homelessness. Many of these shelters are financially supported by Maine Housing.  Some emergency shelters are for everyone, and some have specific populations.  For example, there are emergency shelters throughout Maine that are designated for victims of domestic violence,  women and children, men, veterans, youth, those struggling with a mental illness or substance abuse, and so forth.

Housing ResourcesThe Adult Mental Health Services website offers basic eligibility and program information for housing vouchers.  Since one of the chronic causes of homelessness is mental illness and/or substance abuse, it is helpful to have an idea of these programs.  The three most prevalent programs are the Bridging Rental Assistance Program, Shelter Plus Care, and Section 8 housing vouchers.

Subsidized Housing– Maine Housing and other government sources have ensured that Mainers can have access to affordable housing.  In addition to the subsidized housing listed on their website, Maine Housing encourages low-income individuals and families to be in contact with their local housing authority.

Homeless Resource Center (HRC)– The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers HRC to improve the lives of people affected by homelessness who have mental health conditions, substance use issues, and histories of trauma.  They share knowledge and best practices to prevent and end homelessness through training and technical assistance, publications and materials, online learning opportunities, networking and collaboration.

Homeless Resource Exchange (HRE)– The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers HRE to provide access to information and resources to those assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  They offer program guidance and regulations, technical assistance and training resources, research and publications.