MaineHousing works with homeless service providers and other organizations toward a shared goal of preventing and eliminating homelessness in Maine. Collaborative efforts underway include: 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. Maine has two COCs:
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. Programs that can be funded through the COC process include: 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 City of Portland Continuum of Care
- The Maine Balance of State Continuum of Care
For more information on Maine’s COCs:
Continuum of Care Coordinator
City of Portland, Social Services Division
196 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-6315, x224
Coordinator of Homeless Initiatives
Maine State Housing Authority
353 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
HUD requires that every Continuum of Care work together to implement a shared data system designed to provide an unduplicated 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. HMIS is designed to protect client confidentiality while at the same time bringing together the agencies and people who can provide assistance. Access to the HMIS system is restricted to homeless service providers, but aggregate data and periodic reports will be published as they become available. 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. The council is chaired by Nancy Fritz, representing the Governor’s office. Other members are the Director of MaineHousing and three representatives from each of the three regions of the state. On November 8, 2011, the Statewide Homeless Council amended Maine's Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness, adopted in March, 2008. Homelessness in Maine - 2007 provides baseline information for measuring progress on the Plan. MaineHousing uses funds from certain federal and state sources to make grants available to emergency shelters serving persons who are homeless.
- Emergency Shelter Grant funds are federal funds provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and designed to be a first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living.
- State Funds which include allocations from the Real Estate Transfer Tax fund (State HOME) and the State General Fund, assist emergency shelters with their expenses for the provision of shelter and services to persons who are homeless.
For more information visit the Emergency Shelter Funding page.
This Substantial Amendment to the 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan and 2012 Annual Action Plan is necessary to allocate $640,203.00 of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds made available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.