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.
You may be eligible for STEP if you are currently homeless, it is realistic for you to attain housing stability within 12 months, and you are currently staying in one of the homeless shelters that is participating in the STEP Program.
Participating homeless shelter staff refer eligible clients to the STEP Program based on the likelihood that the participant, with the help of STEP, can achieve housing stability within 12 months. STEP currently is offered in Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Washington, and York counties.
If you are in need of emergency shelter anywhere in the State, click here for shelter locations.