Homeless Program Details

Program Summary

MaineHousing is linking Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds with Stability Through Engagement Program (STEP) funds and Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) to create the Home to Stay Program.  MaineHousing, in partnership with housing assistance agencies throughout the state, offers the Home to Stay Program for individuals and families who are homeless and seeking permanent housing. 

Program participants are assigned a trained Resource Navigator to assist them in learning and gaining valuable skills that will meet their health, housing, employment and other basic needs in order to overcome barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing.

Resource Navigators will help program participants to develop and work on goals as part of a Housing Stability Plan designed to assist participants to achieve housing stability, and to connect them with appropriate services and support.

For program participants a Navigator will assist with such things as:

  • Assessment of housing barriers, needs, and preferences
  • Develop an Action Plan for locating housing
  • Housing search including assistance with submitting rental applications, understanding leases and outreach to and negotiation with owners
  • Assistance with obtaining utilities and making moving arrangements
  • Resource coordination to include developing, securing, and coordinating services and obtaining federal, state, and local benefits
  • Information and referrals to other providers
  • Long term housing stability planning including developing an individualized housing and service plan outlining a plan to accomplish permanent housing stability
  • Mediation between the program participant and the owner or person(s) with whom the program participant is living as is necessary to prevent the program participant from losing permanent housing
  • Credit and budget counseling necessary to assist with critical skills related to household budgeting, managing money, accessing a free personal credit report, and resolving personal credit problems
  • Renter education program curriculum consisting of: landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, maintenance and care of your home, standards of cleanliness, and planning a move 


Stability Through Engagement Program (STEP) – Home to Stay participants may be eligible to receive temporary rental assistance, for a maximum of 12 months, through STEP if they meet the following requirements:

  • Must be staying in or working with a Home to Stay provider.
  • Must be enrolled and participating in Home to Stay with an approved Housing Stability Plan.
  • Must create a household budget and set viable goals to ensure that they remain housed after program participation ends.
  • Must pay 30% of their adjusted income (or no less than $50) per month towards their rent.

To view all full program details and eligibility requirements for the Stability Through Engagement Program, please visit the STEP program detail page.


Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) – Home to Stay participants may be eligible to receive housing assistance through a limited number of Housing Choice Vouchers. A housing choice voucher can be used in any type of private rental housing that passes a Housing Quality Inspection, meets certain program criteria and provided the owner accepts you as a tenant. HCV assistance would continue as long as a tenant meets program eligibility requirements.  

  • Must be staying in or working with a Home to Stay provider.
  • Must be enrolled in Home to Stay with an approved Housing Stability Plan.
  • Must meet income limits.
  • Must be willing to sign a lease within MaineHousing’s jurisdiction.
  • Must pass criminal background screening.
  • Must be in good standing with other housing authorities.
  • Must be willing to pay up to 40% of their income towards rent.
  • Must be willing to allow MaineHousing to conduct annual Housing Quality Standards inspections.

To view all full program details and eligibility requirements, including income restrictions, for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, please visit the HCV program detail page

More Info

Applicants for this program are selected by participating Home to Stay grantees in the following counties:

Androscoggin County


Aroostook County


Cumberland County


Hancock County


Kennebec County


Knox County

  • Knox County Homeless Coalition


Oxford County


Penobscot County


Washington County


York County

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