STEP is designed to provide short term rental assistance for 6-12 months to help individuals and families achieve housing stability. The focus is on rapidly re-housing people who are currently staying in a homeless shelter that is a grantee of the Home to Stay Program. Referrals to the STEP Program can only be made by the staff Navigators at the participating homeless shelters. The STEP Program is currently offered in ten counties.
You may be eligible for STEP if you are currently homeless, it is realistic for you to attain housing stability within 12 months, you are currently staying in one of the homeless shelters that is participating in the STEP Program.
Participating homeless shelter staff refer eligible clients to the STEP Program based on the likelihood that the participant, with the help of STEP, can achieve housing stability within 12 months. STEP currently is offered in Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, and York, Washington.
If you are in need of emergency shelter anywhere in the State, click here for shelter locations.