Maine has $200 million in rent relief funds from the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability. Our Community Action Agencies will review applications, check eligibility, and process payments for eligible expenses on behalf of households.
Ready to apply? (you can download the application to look at if you like)
Step 1: Collect documentation, which includes:
- Name, date of birth and income of everyone in your household
- Proof of income, such as your 2020 tax return, W-2, 1099, two weeks’ pay stubs or unemployment information
- Not sure if you are eligible? Check the income limits here.
- Name, address, phone number and e-mail for your landlord
- Copies of past due utility bills (power, gas, water, etc.)
- If you do not have all of this right now, you will have the opportunity to send it in later
Step 2: Enter your zip code below for an online application. If you prefer to download the application and send it to you local CAP, see the links below.
Step 3: Be prepared to receive follow-up emails from your local Community Action Agency to complete your application; check your spam often.
Due to the volume of applications, processing your application may take several weeks. Please help us by being patient and letting your landlord know your application is submitted.
Please call your local Community Action Agency directly if you need help or have questions.
Has your landlord already talked about evicting you? Learn your rights as a renter and what steps you can take to prevent eviction here, from our friends at Pine Tree Legal. Call your local Community Action Agency to let them know you have an eviction notice.
If you are worried that someone you know has applied for this program and doesn’t really need help, you can contact the Maine State Auditor’s Fraud Hotline to make a report. MaineHousing also reserves the right to randomly select applications and request supporting documentation to check for program eligibility.