March 1, 2021 – MaineHousing is pleased to announce the launch of the new Emergency Rental Assistance Program for Maine renters affected by COVID-19. The program officially begins accepting applications on Monday, March 1 at noon.
MaineHousing oversees the program, and has contracted with Maine’s Community Action Agencies to administer the program regionally in all 16 counties. Penquis administers the program for Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties.
The program includes a number of changes from previous rental relief programs, including the ability for applicants to apply for rent and utilities owed back to March 13, 2020 and three months of rent in advance of the application date. People living in subsidized housing may also qualify.
We expect a large volume of applications so understand that it will take a longer period of time to process the applications for the first few weeks.
If someone needs a paper application or has general questions about the program, they can call MaineHousing at 1-800-452-4668.