Homeless Initiatives

Are you looking for homeless resources in your area?  View the MaineHousing Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Resources List available here.  

General Contact Info

Cindy Namer, Director of Homeless Initiatives
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Leah Bruns, Manager of Homeless Initiatives
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To enroll in the Homeless Initiatives Academy please complete this Training Request Form file download icon and contact:

Julia Kimball
HMIS Training & Support Specialist
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 Data & Reports

MaineHousing collects various forms of data from our partners through the Maine Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and agency administrative data. Using HMIS and administrative data the dashboards in this section display this information to parameters defined by the CoC, HUD, and MaineHousing.

 Emergency Shelter and Housing Assistance Program (ESHAP)

MaineHousing provides grants to emergency shelters and agencies serving people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This funding is allocated to sub-recipients as the Emergency Shelter and Housing Assistance Program (ESHAP), and is made up of three shares: Shelter Operations Share, Stabilization Share, and Performance Share.

 Financial (under construction)

This section is currently under construction. Check back later for updates.


The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that every Continuum of Care work together to implement a shared data system designed to provide an un-duplicated count of homeless individuals, information on the number of people who are homeless, related demographics, and their needs over time. In Maine, development of an HMIS system is part of a larger strategic vision and dedicated statewide system which will allow agencies to share information for the purpose of better serving the needs of people who are homeless.

Mary WadeHMIS System Administrator
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Amanda CastnerHMIS Application Specialist 
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Julia KimballHMIS Training & Support Specialist
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Maine HMIS maintains their own website at: www.MaineHMIS.org
You can connect with the Maine HMIS team directly at: EmailIcon16  Email Me
If you are in need of Training Resources please email EmailIcon16  Email Me 

Homeless Initiatives uses Canvas to deliver our online training. To receive access to any of the training modules or courses listed below please fill out the HMIS new user form. If you are already an HMIS please contact the helpdesk directly for access.

 Home To Stay

MaineHousing links Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds with Stability Through Engagement Program (STEP) funds and Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) to create the Home to Stay Program (HTS). HTS vouchers are available through ESHAP Grantees as funds remain available. HTS is for individuals and families who are homeless and seeking permanent housing. More information is available on the full program page.

 Maine Continuum of Care (MCoC)

A Continuum of Care is a group of service providers serving a particular geographic area who work together in a collaborative planning process to develop programs that address homelessness. COCs can apply to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for McKinney-Vento funding. Local agencies wishing to access these funds must do so through their COC’s application for funding. Continuum of Care funds may be used for projects under five program components: Permanent housing, transitional housing, supportive services only, HMIS, and, in some limited cases, homelessness prevention.

The Maine Continuum of Care (MCOC) covers the entire State of Maine.  

The mission of the MCOC is to plan and coordinate an inclusive system that helps Maine people avoid or exit quickly from homelessness, and to address the underlying causes of homelessness.   

The MCOC has open membership for all individuals and/or organizations within the service area that have an interest in and subscribe to the mission and policies of the MCOC and who, through their participation, will contribute to MCOC’s ability to carry out its mission. Membership is free and is open to the public.

Each member of the MCOC is a vital link in a collaborative community network, and as such, shares in ideas, concerns and decisions regarding the development, and deployment of resources to address the needs of people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Please visit www.mainehomelessplanning.org and subscribe for more information and for meeting notices.

Contact Info:  Scott TibbittsCoC Planning & Grants Coordinator    EmailIcon16  Email Me 

For more information on the Continuum of Care process, you can visit www.hudhre.info 

Links in this section are under construction. Please check back soon for updates. 

  • COC: 101
    • HUD Definition of a CoC
    • MCOC overview
      • Governance/Structure
      • Membership
    • Committees
      • Description of each
      • CoC Board or Directors
      • Committee Meeting & Members
      • Role of MaineHousing/Collaborative Applicant.
  • Participation Matters
    • Standing invitation to attend
    • How participation factored into scoring/monitoring
  • Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
    • Outline of annual process
    • Standing invitation to submit in next round
    • Links to HUD information
    • Current Application
    • previous years applications


MaineHousing is responsible for monitoring subrecipient agencies for compliance. MaineHousing program officers conduct annual monitoring of programs, as well as ongoing compliance consultation as needed. Contained in this section is what you need to know in order to be ready for a monitoring visit.


MaineHousing is always looking at new ways to innovate in serving the homeless population of Maine. To that end, MaineHousing will initiate pilot programs to test the feasibility of new programs. Currently, MaineHousing has one pilot program, Pathways to Opportunity (PTO). PTO is a program for homeless youth aged 18-25 which assists them in educational and vocational goals.

  • PTO Program (under construction)
  • Contact Info
    • Michael ShaughnessyHomeless Program Officer
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 Stability Through Engagement Program / Tenant Based Rental Assistance       (STEP / TBRA)

STEP is designed to provide short term rental assistance to rapidly re-house individuals and families who meet the federal definition of homelessness. STEP is administered directly through the shelters participating in the ESHAP program. The STEP Program is currently offered in ten counties.

Prior to accessing or applying for the STEP/TBRA Vouchers for households, you must receive a certificate for taking the following Annual Training in the Homeless Initiatives Academy. This requirement will not be implemented till June 2018.
     - MaineHousing's Housing Voucher Resources
     - Annual Stability Through Engagement & Tenant Based Rental Assistance (STEP/TBRA) 101 Module
     - Annual Step/TBRA Briefing Instructional Module
     - Module - HCV HTS (Under Construction) 
     - Annual STEP/TBRA Landlord Packet Instructional Module
     - Fair Housing 101 (Under Construction)

In order to be eligible for this program you must be working with a housing navigator. 

Homeless Academy


 Statewide Homeless Council

The Statewide Homeless Council is designed to coordinate and establish statewide policies on homelessness, including providing leadership to end homelessness, developing an educational campaign, and making policy and program recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and MaineHousing. Other members are the Director of MaineHousing and three representatives from each of the three regions of the state.

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