COVID-19 Rental Relief Program

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This program has funding and there is no waitlist!
We are getting a lot of applications and as a result, it is taking a while to process. If you are wondering why you have not heard back or if you have other questions, please call your community action agency which can be found below. 


Program Summary


The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the COVID 19 pandemic. This program expands upon the previous rent relief program through MaineHousing.  You can apply for this expanded program even if you applied and received funds under the other program. If you think that you will not be able to pay your rent for the upcoming month, you may apply up to one week before the beginning of the next month. For example, if you know that you will not be able to pay your October rent, you can apply as early as September 24

This program provides up to $1,000 per month for a maximum of three (3) months for rent not covered by any other Federal, State or Local program. The three month period is for prior months and/or the current month. The applicant is the renter and the benefit is paid directly to the landlord. If the landlord agrees to participate in the program, the landlord is postponing the balance of the payment, not forgiving it, and further agrees not to evict for non-payment of rent for the month(s) for which the COVID-19 Rent Relief was applied.

If you live in housing financed by MaineHousing you can apply for another rent relief program through MaineHousing. Please ask your property manager for an application. You can find a list of MaineHousing financed properties here.

Eligibility


Income & Assets 

You may qualify if your annual income is within the income limits on the table below. They are based on household size and your county. If you can afford to pay your rent from income of any sort or from savings or other liquid assets, you are not eligible.

 

Family Size

County

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Androscoggin

$39,150

$44,750

$50,350

$55,900

$60,400

$64,850

$69,350

$73,800

Aroostook

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

Cumberland

$43,750

$50,000

$56,250

$62,500

$67,500

$72,500

$77,500

$82,500

Franklin

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

Hancock

$39,400

$45,000

$50,650

$56,250

$60,750

$65,250

$69,750

$74,250

Kennebec

$42,250

$48,250

$54,300

$60,300

$65,150

$69,950

$74,800

$79,600

Knox

$38,200

$43,650

$49,100

$54,550

$58,950

$63,300

$67,650

$72,050

Lincoln

$41,250

$47,150

$53,050

$58,900

$63,650

$68,350

$73,050

$77,750

Oxford

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

Penobscot

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

Piscataquis

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

Sagadahoc

$44,000

$50,250

$56,550

$62,800

$67,850

$72,850

$77,900

$82,900

Somerset

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

Waldo

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

Washington

$37,700

$43,100

$48,500

$53,850

$58,200

$62,500

$66,800

$71,100

York

$44,250

$50,600

$56,900

$63,200

$68,300

$73,350

$78,400

$83,450


Location

Some cities or towns may have their own rent relief program. They currently include Lewiston Link Icon and Portland Link Icon. If you live in one of these cities, you are not eligible for this program and must apply for that program. This list will be kept updated.


Ability to Pay
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You may qualify if you are unable to pay your rent due to circumstances directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of changes in circumstances include but are not limited to:

  • being laid off;
  • having your place of employment closed;
  • reduction in hours of work;
  • having to stay home to care for your children because your day care or school has closed; or
  • other loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some Housing Excluded

If you live in housing financed by MaineHousing, you can apply for another rent relief program. Ask your property manager for an application. If you are not sure if you live in that kind of housing, click here to check.

You are not eligible if you:

  • Get a Section 8 Voucher
  • Live in Section 8 apartments
  • Get Rental Assistance from USDA’s Rural Development.
  • Live in public housing.
 

Mobile Home Pad Rents
If you own a mobile home and rent space in a mobile home park you may be eligible for this program. If you are eligible for the program, it is only for lot rent or the mobile home rent. Park fees are not included.



Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • How much will the program pay?

    The program may pay up to $1,000 per month per household for a maximum of three months (for up to a total of $3,000).

  • My rent is more than $1,000. What about the rest of it?
    Work with your landlord. This benefit will help but you still must pay the rest of your rent.

  • If the $1,000 maximum benefit is all I can pay right now, will I be evicted?

    You will not be evicted for the month that your landlord accepts the payment. By accepting payment, the landlord agrees not to evict you for non-payment of rent for the month for which the payment is made. This protection from eviction does not extend to evictions due to other non-compliance with the lease provisions or failure to pay rent for other months’ rent not covered in this program.

  • Should I tell my landlord that I am applying?

    Yes. Communication between you and your landlord is very important. Most landlords do not want to lose good tenants and good communication can only help. It is also important for them to know that you’ve applied because they are required to fill out paperwork to receive these funds.

  • How will the application be processed? How will the landlord get paid?

    When you submit your application, your local Community Action Agency will process the application. They will contact you directly to confirm the information provided on the application. They will then contact your landlord. The landlord will agree to accept the payment and to not evict you for any rent remaining due that month. Once the landlord agrees and fills out required paperwork, the Community Action Agency will make a payment directly to the landlord. It is very important to remember that payments cannot be made until all required documentation has been submitted by the applicant and received from the landlord.

  • How often can I apply? Can I apply for rent due in the same month or only rent that is already due??
    You can apply once a month for up to three (3) months for a maximum total of $3,000. If you owe rent for past months, you can apply for help for those months for up to three (3) months.  You can also apply for the current month at the same time. If you think that you will not be able to pay your rent for the upcoming month, you may apply up to one week before the beginning of the next month. For example, if you know that you will not be able to pay your October rent, you can apply as early as September 24.

  • How long will the program run?

    The program will run until the funds are exhausted or the program ends.

  • What if my landlord refuses to participate?
    We hope that landlords will participate in this program and accept payments. However, there is nothing we can do to require the landlord to participate.

Application & More Info

 

Applications for the COVID Rental Relief Program – Expanded will processed by Community Action Agencies. Please visit the Maine Community Action Association’s website to fill out an online application. You may apply for each month’s rent you cannot pay up to three (3) months total. The benefit is retroactive, so you may apply for past months and the current month at the same time. You may not apply for a future month. You will need to apply again if need help for future months and have not reached the maximum $3,000 limit.

Complete Online Application Here 

If you do not have access to a computer or are unable to fill out the online application, please call your local Community Action Agency.

Agency Area Covered Phone
Aroostook County Action Program
P.O. Box 1116 (771 Main St.)
Presque Isle, ME 04769-1116
Aroostook County
(207)764-3721
(800)585-3053
Fax-(207)768-3022
Community Concepts, Inc
240 Bates Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
Androscoggin & Oxford Counties.
Brunswick (for Rent Relief Only)
(207)795-4065
(800)866-5588
Fax-(207)743-6513
Downeast Community Partners
248 Bucksport Rd
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Washington & Hancock Counties (207)664-2424
(800)828-7544
Fax-(207)624-2430
Kennebec Valley Community Action Program
97 Water Street
Waterville, ME 04901
Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc
and Somerset Counties
(207)859-1500
(800)542-8227 Fax-(207)873-0158
Opportunity Alliance 
50 Lydia Lane
South Portland, Maine 04106
Cumberland County Phone: (207) 553-5900
Toll Free: (800) 698-4959
Fax: (207) 200-2606
Penquis Community Action Program
P.O. Box 1162 (262 Harlow Street)
Bangor, ME 04402
Penobscot, Piscataquis, & Knox Counties (207)973-3500
(800)215-4942
Fax-(207)973-3699
Waldo Community Action Partners
P.O. Box 130 (9 Field Street)
Belfast, ME 04915-0130
Waldo County (207)338-6809
Fax-(207)338-6812
Western Maine Community Action
P.O. Box 200
East Wilton, ME 04234-0200
Franklin County (207)645-3764
(800)645-9636
Fax-(207)645-9604
York County Community Action Corp
P.O. Box 72 (6 Spruce Street)
Sanford, ME 04073
York County (207)324-5762
(800)965-5762
Fax-(207)490-5029



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