Emergency Food/Shelter/Utility Assistance

Emergency Shelter

Tedford Housing

Tedford Housing provides shelter, housing and services to those in need. For contact information: http://tedfordhousing.org/


The 2-1-1 Maine Resource Directory includes program and service information as well intake procedures, eligibility requirements, and other vital information. To access the Directory go to: http://www.211maine.org/about.asp.  To speak to a 2-1-1 Operator any time any day, simply dial 2-1-1.

Homeless shelters in Maine

For a comprehensive listing of the homeless shelters in Maine go to: http://www.maine.gov/education/homeless_ed/shelters.htm

General Assistance

General Assistance (GA) is a program run by every town to help residents with emergency needs.  In an emergency, you can apply by phone.  For more information about the General Assistance Program go to: http://www.ptla.org/ga.htm

Emergency Food Assistance

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program offers food assistance to individuals and families.  For more information: http://www.mchpp.org/

Food pantries in Maine

To locate food pantries across the State of Maine go to: http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/co/tefap/countysearch.html

Fuel/Utility Assistance


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides money to help low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating costs.  For more information, including contact info, go to: http://www.mainehousing.org/PROGRAMSLiheap.aspx?ProgramID=37

Low Income Assistance Plan at Maine Housing

If you receive residential electric service from an electric utility and you are not living in government subsidized housing, you may be eligible for assistance with your electric bills from your electric utility’s Low Income Assistance Plan at Maine Housing.  For information: Low Income Assistance Plan (LIAP).

Appliance Replacement Program at Maine Housing

If you pay your own electric bill, you may be eligible for a new, energy-efficient refrigerator from MaineHousing’s Appliance Replacement Program.  For information: Appliance Replacement Program.

Central Heating Improvement Program at Maine Housing

If your heating system is in need of repair or replacement, you may qualify for the Central Heating Improvement Program at Maine Housing.  For information: Central Heating Improvement Program (CHIP).

Last updated on January 3rd, 2010.  Filed under Basic Needs.

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