Homeless Program Details

Program Summary

MaineHousing provides grants to emergency shelters serving people who are homeless.
Grants may be used for:

  • Shelter operations and maintenance
  • Essential shelter services 
  • Shelter staff costs.

More detail on allowable uses is provided in the Homeless Programs Rule.


To be eligible to receive emergency shelter funds an applicant must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
  • Operate a fixed facility (unless the shelter is a safe home serving victims of domestic violence) that provides overnight shelter 365 days per year and phone access 24 hours a day.
  • Provide shelter to eligible clients, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Provide intake and assessment services that link people who are homeless with appropriate services, including services that help clients move toward appropriate stable housing.
  • Have the administrative and financial management capacity necessary to operate the shelter and to account for the use of the grant.
  • Conform to the Maine minimum shelter standards established by the Maine Statewide Homeless Council.

For a complete list of requirements and conditions, see the Homeless Programs Rule.

More Info

For more information about the program and how to apply, contact:

Homeless Initiatives Dept

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