COVID-19 Rental Relief Program

What’s Happening with Rent Relief?

We continue to work on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, the new program that will provide rent relief to Mainers who cannot pay their rent due to COVID-19. 

We know that many people are struggling. We are working as quickly as we can to get this program up and running. We need to make sure we are following the law AND that we are designing a program that will help Maine people as much as possible and as quickly as possible. 


We can share the following program details: 

  • We expect to launch the program in February 2021. The program can pay for rent owed back to April 2020.
  • Maine’s Community Action Agencies will continue to run the program locally.
  • You will be able to apply for 3 months of rent at one time. For example, an eligible applicant can apply in March 2021 and the application could cover March, April, and May rent.
  • The program is for people who can’t pay their rent because of COVID-19. 
  • The program may cover some utilities: electricity, water, sewer, trash, and heat. You may apply for help paying for utilities even if you do not need help paying for rent. We will need documentation that you owe money for those utilities. 
  • You may be asked for documentation of unemployment, job loss, hours being reduced, or other COVID-related income loss. You do not need to be on unemployment to get help from this program. Tenants should work to pull this information together so it is ready when the program launches.

We encourage tenants and landlords to talk to each other about participating in the program because both will need to provide information when applying. We have heard from some tenants that they are facing eviction because they haven’t paid their rent in January. Please note: There is a federal eviction moratorium through March 2021. This means that landlords may not evict tenants due to nonpayment of rent during COVID-19.

Please fill out the form below to join our email list for Emergency Rental Assistance Program updates. If you have questions about landlord payments through the previous rent relief program, please send us an email at We look forward to sharing more information and launching this program soon.

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