Category Archives: Maine Homeless Council

Reminder: MCOC Meeting 5-15-14

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of care will be meeting on 5-15-14 from 1:00 to 3:00. Please see the Agenda for details on available Tandberg locations where you can attend the meeting. Please note – We are adding a connection to the Lewiston Public Library this month and the location in Washington County has changed.

Below are links for the agenda, minutes from April, and a one page Summary of the MCOC Work Plan .

MCOC-Agenda- 5-15-14

MCOC-DRAFT-Minutes 4-17-14

Work Plan Summary 5-5-14


Reminder: Statewide Homeless Council Meeting 5-13-14

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on 5-13-14 from 9:30 to 2:00 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. There is a conference call option for those not able to attend in person. Please follow the link, below, to a copy of the Agenda for more details on this meeting. Minutes from the April meeting will be posted once approved.


Point in Time, Veteran and Unstably Housed Reports are Now Available

The annual Point in Time Count statistics for the Maine Continuum of Care, Portland Continuum of Care and State of Maine are now available for January 29, 2014.

2014 Point in Time Report Maine CoC2014

Point in Time Report Portland CoC

2014 Point in Time Report State of Maine

Veterans statistics for shelters are available as well:

2013 Maine Shelter Veterans Report

In addition to these reports, there is a report for a new initiative to capture data on people who are unstably housed called the 2014 Maine Unstably Housed Report.  The purpose of the report is to identify of people who are at risk of homelessness.

There were some communities that organized grassroots efforts to count individuals and families who met the HUD definition of homelessness and also people who, although they did not meet this definition, were unstably housed (i.e. living in the home of another, facing eviction, etc.).

The participation in the count for the unstably housed was not a requirement, so the absence of data or low counts in some communities does not necessarily indicate that there are no people who are unstably housed in those communities. For various reasons some communities either chose to not participate  or lacked the resources to do so, therefore data from this report should be used cautiously.

2014 Maine Unstably Housed Report

Statistics for prior years is available by clicking on the following link:


Basic Center and Street Outreach Program Funding Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Basic Center Program and the Street Outreach Program

The Basic Center Program funds community-based programs that address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Basic center projects aim to increase young people’s safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of reuniting them with their families (as appropriate). Youth in crisis receive emergency shelter, counseling, and aftercare services. In addition, projects work to strengthen family relationships, and, in the absence of family reunification, help youth find safe and appropriate alternative living arrangements where they can become independent, self-sufficient, contributing members of society.

 Deadline for Applications: May 12, 2014.

 BCP Funding Opportunity Announcement

 The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and ultimately help them leave the streets. 

 Deadline for applications: May 12, 2014.

 Read the funding opportunity announcement.

Request for Proposals: Project Based Vouchers

MaineHousing’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Department has issued a request for proposals from qualified applicants in response to a national competition to award up to 1000 VASH vouchers to selected public housing authorities.  The purpose of this allocation is to enable homeless veterans to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services.

 The RFP was advertised beginning on Sunday in the statewide newspapers.  It is available to interested applicants on the MaineHousing homepage. The due date for proposals is April 11 by 5 pm.   The MaineHousing homepage also includes a question and answer opportunity.  Any potential applicant who has a question about the RFP should use this format so that  questions are answered and that all interested applicants have the benefit of the answers.

Statewide Homeless Council Meeting 2-11-14

The Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting Tuesday February 11th, 2014 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta, from 9:30 to 2:00.

(a last minute addition – see last link, below)

Below are links to information and materials that will be reviewed at the meeting including the Agenda, minutes from the previous meeting, a one page summary of Maine’s Long Term Stayers Initiative, 2013 Shelter Utilization and Statistic Reports, and information on the Project Based Voucher Pilot effort.


1-14-14 DRAFT SHC Minutes

Long-Term Stayers Initiative Summary 1.29.2014

2013 Shelter Client and Bednight Utilization

2013 Shelter Client and Bednight Data

PBV Pilot Chart

Danforth on High Cost Savings Summary 2.3.14