Damariscotta Baptist Church
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Growing personal relationships with God and community

Housing Assistance

Tedford Adult Shelter,  Cumberland St., Brunswick….….729-1161, X 104

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. 

Tedford Family Services, Federal St., Brunswick.………..729-1161, X 107

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


Midcoast Hospitality House, Old County Road, Rockport……….594-1422

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. The shelter has been run for 13 years by Gordon Mank and his wife who receive a small stipend and housing. 

H.O.M.E. Inc,  PO Box 10, Orland, Maine  04472 …………...……....…469-7961
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,


* Five shelters for the homeless, and a social outreach program that touches the lives of several hundred persons annually. 

* A food bank, a soup kitchen, a recovery barn and thrift store (clothes and household goods), Abby's Attic, with a large variety of items, located on Acadia Highway in the same building as the East Orland Post Office.   

* A learning center which includes a day-care center, literacy instruction, GED preparation, craft training, and computer training. 

* Pottery studio, woodworking shop, weaving studio, Quilting & Stitchery studio, stained glass shop, a small museum and a chapel, a garden program, Greenhouses and Farmer's Market., balsam Christmas wreaths: wholesale, retail and mail order.  

  * A publication department, including the quarterly newsletter: This Time.  Desktop publishing: St. Francis Press is the publishing arm of the h.o.m.e.-Emmaus community.  We have published many books from poetry chap books, cook books, through historical books and novels. 

* Employment in a lumber mill, shingle mill, garage and house construction and a craft store featuring homemade items from more than 200 Maine residents, and handmade items from our Sister Emmaus Community in Guatemala. 

* A land trust - the Covenant Community Land Trust -- is a house-building program in which low-income families participate in the construction of their new homes. Thirty houses have been built so far.   

Penquis Community Action Program, Rockland………………...974-2434

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.

Maine Foreclosure Hotline…………………………………. 888-664-2569

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. 

CEI Housing Counselor, Wiscasset……….. ……………………882-7552   

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.