Maine Financial Assistance

Maine Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance in Maine: A Guide for Individuals and Families

If you are a resident of Maine and find yourself in financial need, do not despair. Several resources offer help, ranging from federal and state government aid to non-profit organizations. This guide aims to present these alternatives and guide you on how to access them.

Government Assistance Programs

The government offers several options for financial assistance, including programs for food, health care, housing, and education, plus cash subsidies. However, most of these programs require applicants to meet specific eligibility criteria, typically related to the overall family income.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is a federally-based program providing food-purchasing assistance to families with low and no income. To be eligible, your annual income should not exceed a certain amount set by the federal government pertinent to the size of your family. To apply for SNAP, visit the local Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) office or apply online through My Maine Connection.


Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. Eligibility is based on income, family size, disability, family status, and other factors. Apply through the DHHS or online at My Maine Connection.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

If you struggle with utility bills, LIHEAP may help. The program assists low-income families with energy costs, and eligibility depends on your annual income relative to family size. Apply through your local community action agency.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF offers cash assistance for food, shelter, utilities, and non-medical expenses to eligible individuals and families. Eligibility is based on income, asset, and family size among other factors. Apply for TANF at your local DHHS office or through My Maine Connection.

Government Subsidies

Several subsidies are available to qualifying residents. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program offers subsidies to low-income individuals and families for renting houses in the private market. The Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial aid to low-income families to pay for childcare while they engage in work, training, or education.

Non-Profit Agencies

Non-profit agencies also provide financial help. Good Shepherd Food Bank provides food assistance, while the Maine Equal Justice Partners offers legal aid, particularly for navigating public assistance programs. The United Way of Greater Portland provides various services including food, shelter, and educational support.

Escaping Poverty: Strategies for Financial Stability

While financial aid plays an essential role in immediate needs, it is crucial to adopt long-term strategies to escape poverty. Education and vocational training are a solid starting point, potentially leading to higher-paying jobs. Budgeting and financial literacy education can also be instrumental in achieving financial stability.

Government programs such as the Maine CareerCenter offer free resources for job seekers, including career counselling and job listings. Nonprofit organizations such as New Ventures Maine also provide training, education, and support for individuals aiming to overcome financial hurdles.

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(207) 626-4600
Augusta, ME

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Rockland, ME

Avesta Housing Section 8

In addition to providing affordable housing, Avesta administers the HUD Section 8 Certificate/Voucher Program in York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin counties.

The program provides rental assistance to over 1000 low-income households in southern Maine through vouchers that make up the difference between a family s ability to pay and the market rent.

Their comprehensive program administration duties include

  • applicant screening,
  • marketing to owners and managers,
  • inspection for compliance with Housing Quality Standards,
  • negotiation of leases and Housing Assistance Payments Contracts,
  • financial reporting and documentation,
  • payment disbursements and assistance with owner/resident relations and apartment management.
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(207) 282-0032
Saco, ME