Other Assistance

We have a friendly volunteer at our Help Desk every Tuesday morning. They can help with referrals for food stamps, heating assistance, housing and more. Stop in between 9:30 and 11 to meet with them.

Local Community Navigator

Karen-Ann Hagar-Smith
CLC YMCA Director of Outreach and Community Navigation


Tedford Adult Shelter

Cumberland St., Brunswick

This emergency shelter has 16 beds for men, 4 beds for women, one handicapped–accessible bed and serves a dinner meal at 5:30 each day. A minimal breakfast of coffee and toast is available most mornings. The facility offers overnight lodging for adults on a first come/first serve basis, without any limit on stays, as long as the applicant is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, is not a registered sex offender and has been evicted or otherwise has no place to stay. Funding comes primarily from Mid-Coast United Way but additionally from the State of Maine and private donors. There is no formal application process or pre-acceptance lead time for services.

729-1161, x #104 Between 3:30pm and 7:30am, or leave a message.

Tedford Family Services

Federal St., Brunswick

Limited space is available for families with children in a separate facility on Federal Street, by making contact with the Family Shelter at Tedford. Preconditions for admission are otherwise the same as for the adult shelter on Cumberland Street.

729-1161, x #113 Please leave a message.

H.O.M.E. Inc.

P.O. Box 10, Orland

H.O.M.E. Inc., established in 1970 as a craft cooperative, is a multifaceted organization involved in economic reconstruction and social rehabilitation. In its 30+ years of existence, it has grown from the single retail store where home crafters could sell their goods into a small community offering jobs, food, education, temporary shelter and home ownership to people and families in need. Web and email addresses are: info@homecoop.net,


Midcoast Hospitality House

169 Old County Road, Rockport

This is the only operational shelter east of Augusta and between Bangor and Brunswick. It has 15 beds and capacity for as many as 20 adults and children of both sexes. Need is assessed on a first-come/ first-serve basis with no admission if the applicant is using drugs or alcohol or is a registered sex offender. There are no geographic or other eligibility limitations. Hours are 4:30 PM to 8:30 AM with a dinner meal served to all and breakfast staples set out in the morning. There is no limitation on the duration of stays. Funding comes from a variety of sources: 50% state and federal (DHHS, MSHA, FEMA), 15% churches, 25% businesses and charities and 10% an annual appeal to a mailing list of concerned people. The shelter is incorporated as a non-profit and is run by an ecumenical board of local church people: Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist etc. 


Maine Foreclosure Hotline

Counselors are available M-F/8-5. Should call as soon as foreclosure becomes likely – don’t wait until the last minute! Advise applicant to be prepared for a 20-minute phone call to answer “intake questions.” Applicant should have information on income, mortgage/loan details (rate, length, bank or lending institution), and how he/she came to be in a foreclosure situation. Counselor will pass the information to local/regional HUD or Community Action group for processing and recommendation. Results are case-specific. Response time typically is one week.



Federal and State Assistance

CEI Housing Counselor


Serves Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc counties. Several programs are available but funding is highly variable. Applicants should call and will be directed to appropriate person/program based on need. Funding sources: private, churches, United Way, state and federal grant programs.


Temporary Assistance

for Needy Families (TANF)

Maine TANF is financial assistance to keep children in their homes while the family is temporarily unable to support themselves. While receiving assistance, parents or caretaker relatives work on an employment plan to become self-supporting.

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Maine, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed or a child(ren) that is deprived of the care and support of a parent because of death, disability, continued absence or under-employment.

Penquis Community Action Program


This Bangor-based community action program currently has no shelter facility in operation but assistance with Section 8 housing applications may be available by contacting Diane Dunham at Penquis. Penquis is funded by means of State, federal, municipal, county and private grants to support specific program objectives.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

As part of the Federal Food Stamp Program, a fully trained volunteer representing SNAP is at the pantry twice a month to meet the needs of our clients.