Your Guide to Southern Midcoast Maine Housing Resources

Dated: May 5 2024

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In the welcoming neighborhoods of Southern Maine, many families are seeking affordable options to call home.

As a trusted resource in the community, we understand the importance of access to essential services beyond just housing.

That's why we wanted to share Southern Maine Housing Collaborative's comprehensive list of housing resources in the Midcoast Maine area to assist families in their search for stable and affordable housing solutions.

From rental assistance to affordable housing developments, here are some resources available to support families in Southern Maine:

Local Support

Brunswick Topsham Housing Authority: Section 8 housing vouchers (610 in 2023), family and senior living, for very low-income households. Funding: U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Own and manage 327 affordable housing units. Funding HUD, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Community Development Block Grants, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, MaineHousing, Commercial loans through Bath Savings Institution.

The Gathering Place: Day shelter and warming center. Reach: 70 people daily, 20 nightly. Funding: donations, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, MaineHousing.

Habitat for Humanity 7Rivers: Home improvement and construction for famiies with low incomes, 100 homes repaired in 2023. ReStore: affordable supplies, furnishings and assistance for emergency housing transitions. Funding: donations, grants, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Brunswick Affordable Housing Support Fund, volunteers, partnerships

Immigrant Resource Center of Maine: Housing and employment support. Funding: MaineHousing.

MaineHousing: Funds income-based subsidized housing for all household types, including individuals with disabilities, seniors, veterans, and asylum seekers.

The Opportunity Alliance Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness: Services for people with mental illness or substance use disorders experiencing homelessness.

Local Service Hubs: Track needs, improve access, and coordinate services. Goal: End homelessness - starting with veteran homelessness. Midcoast Hub coordinated by United Way of Mid Coast Maine. Support: MaineHousing, Statewide Homeless Council, the Continum for Care, Built for Zero.

Midcoast Maine Community Action: Housing, rent, heating, childcare, and other economic support. Funding: State of Maine, United Way, Maine Children's Trust.

Tedford Housing: Homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, supportive housing, housing assistance. Funding: MaineHousing, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, donations. People helped in 2023: prevention & outreach: 320; heating assistance: 269; shelters: 113; supportive housing: 77.

Town of Brunswick Housing Committee: Recommends strategies to Town Council to improve housing access, including zoning and Affordable Housing Support Fund for projects that build, preserve, and maintain affordabe rental and ownershp units. Funding: state and federal grants, municipal tax increment financing (TIF).

Town of Brunswick Human Services and General Assistance (GA): State mandated, emergency assistance for basic needs (electricity, food, heating, rent). The State of Maine reimburses municipalities for 70% of GA costs, excluding administrative.

Veteran Housing Services: Preble Street, VA Home loans, SaluteME, Adaptive Housing Grants, Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance, Volunteers of America Northern New England: case management, housing counseling, direct financial assistance for veterans statewide.

Volunteers of America Northern New England: Support and housing services for vulnerable groups including youth, veterans, people with disabilities, older adults, and those in recovery.

Youth Housing Support: McKinney-Vento - support at local schools and Midcoast Youth Center; Housing Resources for Youth - support and host homes; Midcoast Youth Center - hub for housing, food, mental health, workforce, and general youth programming and support.

Other Services

Oasis Free Clinics: $655,088 in healthcare services to those uninsured: 1,128 medical, 218 dental, 286 mental health and 107 vision care visits in 2023.

MidCoast Hospital, Maine Health: Provided $3,927,672 in services to patients unable to pay in 2023.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program: Provided food security programming valued at $4.65 million in support of 1,865 unique donors. This included 12,819 free grocery visits, 83,968 meals served through 12 satellite pantry locations, and 95,024 fresh to-go lunches in 2023. Funding: contributions, grants, including United Way of Mid Coast Maine, donated food.

For more services, call 2-1-1 or search www.FindHelp.org

Southern Midcoast Housing Collaborative updates these resources quarterly. Contact them at SMHCMaine@gmail.org for the most updated list.

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