Homeless Initiatives

MaineHousing works with homeless service providers and other organizations toward a shared goal of  preventing and eliminating homelessness in Maine. Collaborative efforts underway include:

Continuum of Care (COC)
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:

  • The City of Portland Continuum of Care
  • The Maine Balance of State Continuum of Care 

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.

Join the Maine Continuum of Care 

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

Membership is free and is open to the public. 

The mission of the MCOC is to plan and coordinate an inclusive system that helps Maine people avoid, 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.

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.

For more information on Maine’s COCs:

City of Portland
Dave MacLean
Continuum of Care Coordinator
City of Portland, Social Services Division
196 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-6315, x224

Maine Balance of State
Homeless Initiatives Department
Maine State Housing Authority
353 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 626-4600

For more information on the Continuum of Care process, you can visit www.hudhre.info Arrow Link Icon or review the following documents:

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Arrow Link Icon
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.

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. 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 Document Download Icon, adopted in March, 2008. Homelessness in Maine - 2007 Document Download Icon provides baseline information for measuring progress on the Plan.

Homeless Housing Program and Emergency Shelter Funding
MaineHousing uses funds from certain federal and state sources to make grants available to emergency shelters serving persons who are homeless.

Emergency Shelter Grant Substantial Amendment  
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.

For more information visit the Emergency Shelter Funding page Arrow Link Icon.

For More Information

Cindy Name, Director of Homeless Initiatives

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