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COVID-19 Rental Relief Program | MaineHousing

State AgencyMaineHousing
Program NameCOVID-19 Rental Relief Program
Program Description

A new program established to provide financial relief for renters who have experienced a loss of income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program StatusAccepting Applicants
Eligibility Criteria

• Households experiencing job lay off, business closure, reduced hours of work, having to stay home to care for children, or other loss of income due to COVID-19.
• Must be within income limits as specified for each county.
• Must not be able to pay rent from income, savings, or other liquid assets.
• Must not be a recipient of federal rental assistance such as Section 8, or live in housing financed by MaineHousing, a federal agency, or the Housing Credit.
• May be used by owners of mobile homes for lot rent payments.
• Landlord must complete required paperwork to receive funds.

Eligible Activities
  • Rent
  • Rent arrearages
Direct Recipient of Assistance
  • Landlord
Administration StructureMaineHousing in partnership with local Community Action Agencies.
Maximum Length of Assistance

Up to 3 months

Maximum Assistance Available Per Household

Up to $1,000 a month per household

Household Contribution RequirementsDifference Between Grant Amount and Total Rent or Mortgage
Total Applications as of Date25,300
Total Household Recipients of Assistance as of Date11,500
Funding Source
  • Coronavirus Relief Funds (CARES Act)
  • Agency Resources
Total Funding Amount of Program$28,400,000.00
Remaining Funds as of Date$15,100,000.00
Date of Entry or Changes09/23/2020

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