Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


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Maine Assistance Programs and Services


  • Maine Food Supplement Program  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, (+++)  Call: 207-624-416
  • Maine Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)  – Provides cash as temporary financial assistance to children and their parents while the family works toward becoming self-supportingCall: 207-624-4168
  • Maine General Assistance  – Provides benefits to families with children in some situations when the family is threatened by destitution or homelessness due to an emergency situation, Call: 207-624-4168
  • Maine Alternative Aid Assistance  – Provides voucher payments to assist TANF eligible parents who need short term help to find or maintain employment, Call: 207-624-4168
  • Maine Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment ASPIRE/TANF  – A program that helps TANF recipients find employment that will pay enough to make it possible for them to get off welfare, Call: 207-624-4168
  • Maine Federal Telephone Assistance Program (Lifeline)  – Provides assistance to qualified residential customers to reduce monthly telephone service charges, (+++)  Call: Local telephone company
  • Maine MaineCare  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible Maine residents, Call: 207-287-3707
  • Maine Parents as Scholars (PaS) Program  – Provides a range of support services, including transportation,  child care, required books and supplies to Maine TANF participants who are pursuing two-year or four-year post-secondary degrees, Call: 207-624-4168
  • Maine Premium Health Insurance Payment (PHIP) Program  – Designed to help with costs associated with health insurance premiums for qualifying Maine residents, Call: 800-977-6740
  • Maine Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 207-287-3991
  • Maine National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call: 207-624-6600
  • Maine Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 207-624-6600
  • Maine School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 207-624-6600
  • Maine Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call207-624-6600
  • Maine Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day careCall: 207-624-7900
  • Maine Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 207-624-7900
  • Maine Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)  – Provides money to help low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating costsCall: 877-544-3271
  • Maine Housing Weatherization Program (HWAP)  – Provides grants to low-income homeowners and renters to reduce energy costs by improving home energy efficiency, Call: 207-626-4639
  • Maine Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Designed to aid individuals known to be at risk of malnutrition due to low income and poor health conditions, Call: 207-287-3491
  • Maine Senior Farm Share Program  – Provides low-income seniors the chance to receive fresh vegetables and fruits from Maine farmers during the growing season, Call: 877-353-3771
  • Maine Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Local PHA
  • Maine Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: Local PHA