Supportive Housing & Emergency Shelter Repair Program

After years of service, some properties face needs that require immediate attention but lack adequate reserves to address the necessary repairs. As a result, MaineHousing offers the Supportive Housing & Emergency Shelter Repair Program which provides a deferred forgivable note,  will match the remaining term of the existing financing or 5 years, whichever is longer, to address repairs that will ensure properties are able to continue to provide decent, safe, sanitary housing to Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.  


To be eligible for funding, the property must meet the eligibility requirements of one of the following categories:

Category 1 - Supportive housing or emergency shelter currently financed or assisted by MaineHousing where the owner:

  • has outstanding MaineHousing financing or assistance or receives Emergency Shelter and Housing Assistance Program (ESHAP) funds
  • is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation; and
  • is in compliance with all of its obligations to MaineHousing.

Category 2 - Supportive housing: (i) with no outstanding financing; or (ii) that is no longer assisted by MaineHousing but is continuing to operate consistent with its original MaineHousing commitments where the owner:

  • has paid off any outstanding MaineHousing funding;
  • is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation; and
  • is still in good standing, remains committed to serving the designated population originally approved by MaineHousing, and continues to provide the services originally approved by MaineHousing when the initial MaineHousing funding was paid off.

MaineHousing will not process an application if the applicant, or any other entity in which the applicant or one of its affiliates has a controlling interest, (i) at any time during the previous 6 months has been more than 60 days delinquent on MaineHousing financing, or has been issued a notice of default unless an approved workout plan is in place and in good standing; or (ii) has been the owner of any MaineHousing-financed project that was foreclosed upon by MaineHousing or conveyed to MaineHousing by deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

Owners and contractors must not be debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or voluntarily excluded from participation in federal housing programs or MaineHousing programs. Owners, operators, and contractors that have had a professional license suspended or revoked need MaineHousing’s prior approval to participate in the Repair Program.

The owner of the supportive housing property or emergency shelter may submit a request for financial assistance only once a year for any eligible property.

For full details on eligibility requirements and projects please refer to the  Supportive Housing Emergency Shelter Repair Program Guide

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