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

Lauren Bustard, Senior Director of Programs
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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 email it the contact below:

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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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Maine HMIS maintains their own website at: www.MaineHMIS.org
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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.


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.
     - Annual Stability Through Engagement & Tenant Based Rental Assistance (STEP/TBRA) 101 Module
     - Fair Housing 101 (Under Construction)
     - Annual RentSmart Training (Under Construction)
     - Annual MaineHousing ESHAP Training
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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