Landlord Participation Incentive Program

Maine landlords are key to addressing our state’s affordable housing needs. That’s why MaineHousing and the Maine Association of Public Housing Directors (MAPHD) are partnering to encourage landlords across the state to become part of our network of property owners who rent to Housing Choice Voucher participants.

About Housing Choice Vouchers

Our Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program provides rental assistance to income-eligible tenants by paying a portion of their monthly rent and utilities directly to their landlord.

Landlords who rent to HCV participants help people in their communities find good homes. HCV landlords are also protected from financial hardship. Public housing authorities, which administer separate HCV programs across the state, pay a monthly portion of the HCV participant’s rent.  For example, if the HCV participant loses their income, Bath Housing steps in to pay the rest.

In addition to what is outlined below, this program will also pay HCV tenant security deposits.

Signing Bonus

LandlordSigningThis program will pay landlords a $750 signing bonus for each newly-leased HCV tenant. The rent must be within HCV guidelines, and the unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection.


Repair Grants

LandlordRepairsThough we expect units will be move-in ready for the initial inspection, we know that things don’t always go to plan. We also know that repairs aren’t always something you can pay for in the moment.

If a unit fails an HQS inspection and the landlord agrees to pay the initial $250 in repairs, the housing authority that administers the voucher will pay for the rest of the repairs (up to $5,000 total across all units per year, per housing authority).

There are a few associated program rules. Only failed initial inspection items qualify. Qualifying items include but are not limited to:

  • Bedroom windows that do not meet egress standards
  • Deteriorated paint
  • Installation of hard-wired smoke detectors
  • Installation of sprinkler system
  • Roofing
  • Tie downs

The unit must pass HQS inspection before payment to the landlord. A one-year lease and Housing Assistance Payment Contract must be executed before payment to the landlord.

Damage Reimbursements

LandlordDamageWhile most HCV participants appreciate and respect their apartment, sometimes things happen. Administering housing authorities will reimburse landlords for up to $1,500 per unit to help manage damage costs beyond those covered by a security deposit.

There are a few associated program rules:

  • The damages are above and beyond normal wear and tear as defined by Maine State Law §6031.
  • The cost to fix the damages is greater than the security deposit collected.
  • Landlords must submit certain documentation. Please check with your local housing authority for details.
  • The housing authority’s reimbursements to a landlord cannot exceed $6,000 per calendar year if landlords submit more than one damage reimbursement request.


Agency Area Covered Telephone
Auburn Housing Authority External Link
20 Great Falls Plaza
P.O. Box 3037
Auburn, Maine 04212
Phone: (207) 784-7351
Fax: (207) 784-5545
Augusta Housing Authority
33 Union Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone: (207) 626-2357
Bangor Housing Authority External Link
161 Davis Road
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: (207) 942-6365
Bath Housing Authority External Link
80 Congress Street
Bath, Maine 04530
Phone: (207) 443-3116
Biddeford Housing Authority External Link
22 South Street
P.O. Box 2287
Biddeford, ME 04005
Phone: (207) 282-6537
Brewer Housing Authority External Link
15 Colonial Circle
Suite 1
Brewer, Maine 04412
Phone: (207) 989-7551
Brunswick Topsham Housing Authority External Link
12 Stone Street
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Phone: (207) 725-8711
Caribou Housing Authority External Link
City of Caribou
25 High Street
Caribou, Maine 04736
Phone: (207) 493-4235
Fax: (207) 498-3954
Fort Fairfield Housing Authority External Link
18 Fields Lane
Fort Fairfield, Maine 04742
Phone: (207) 476-5771
Lewiston Housing Authority External Link
One College Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
Phone: (207) 783-1423
Fax: (207) 783-8648
MaineHousing External Link
26 Edison Drive
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone: (207) 626-4600
Toll Free: (800) 452-4668
Fax: (207) 624-5713
Mt. Desert Island & Ellsworth Housing Authority External Link
80 Mount Desert Street
P.O. Box 28
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Phone: (207) 288-4770
Toll Free: (207) 288-4770
Old Town Housing Authority External Link
358 Main Street
P.O. Box 404
Old Town, Maine 04468
Phone: (207) 827-6151
Fax: (207) 827-1502
Portland Housing Authority External Link
14 Baxter Boulevard
Portland, Maine 04101
Phone: (207) 773-4753
Fax: (207) 774-6471
Presque Isle Housing Authority External Link
58 Birch Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Phone: (207) 768-8231
Sanford Housing Authority External Link
17 School Street
P.O. Box 1008
Sanford, Maine 04073
Phone: (207) 324-6747
South Portland Housing Authority External Link
100 Waterman Drive
Suite 101
South Portland, Maine 04106
Phone: (207) 773-4140
Van Buren Housing Authority
16 Champlain Street
P.O. Box 158
Van Buren, Maine 04785
Phone: (207) 868-5441
Waterville Housing Authority External Link
88 Silver Street
Waterville, Maine 04901
Phone: (207) 873-2155
Fax: (207) 877-9429
Westbrook Housing Authority External Link
30 Liza Harmon Drive
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Phone: (207) 854-9779
Fax: (207) 854-0962

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