Category Archives: Region 1

Reminder: Tomorrow: SOAR and Social Security Disability Benefit Training-Portland

Social Security Disability Claims and Finding Success through SOAR


Ashley Karr-Preble Street SOAR Case Manager & Statewide Team Lead for SOAR in Maine

Libby Newport-Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration – Boston Region Area II

Scott Mack- Disability Determination Services, Public Contact

Wednesday, August 15, 10-Noon

Portland Social Services, 196 Lancaster Street, Portland

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is a nationally recognized program designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness** and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.

The Maine Continuum of Care Invites You to Join its Membership!

The mission of the Maine Continuum of Care (MCOC) is to plan and coordinate an inclusive system that helps Maine people avoid or exit quickly from homelessness, and to address the underlying causes of homelessness. MCOC promotes comprehensive and coordinated approaches to housing while making sure that our programs assist participants in maximizing access to community resources. MCOC supports a system of intervention, assessment, referral, direct care and aftercare for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

MCOC develops and manages the annual Continuum of Care (CoC) application process for federal McKinney-Vento funding from HUD. To accomplish this, MCOC collaborates with community stakeholders regarding continuum-specific goals related to ending and preventing homelessness. MCOC develops and supports public policy to assist people who are homeless and advocates for systems change as well as necessary funding at the state and federal level to develop needed housing and services for people who are homeless in Maine.

MCOC has open membership for all individuals and/or organizations within the state that have an interest in and subscribe to the mission and policies of MCOC and who, through their participation, will contribute to MCOC’s ability to carry out its mission. Each member of MCOC is a vital link in a collaborative community network and, as such, shares in ideas, concerns and decisions regarding the development and deployment of resources to address the needs of people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

There is no membership fee to participate in MCOC, and we actively encourage participation from all parts of the state by providing video and teleconferencing connections for our regular monthly meetings. MCOC meetings are typically held the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Participating individuals or organization are eligible to vote once they have attended at least 50% of meetings in the previous 12 months. One vote is recorded for each agency.

For more information about the Maine Continuum of Care and other efforts to address homelessness in Maine please visit and subscribe to or contact  Scott Tibbitts, Continuum of Care Coordinator, at or one of the MCOC Chairs: Vickey Rand at ; Awa Conteh at ; or Rob Parritt at


Regional Homeless Council Coordinated Entry Training

The next Region 1 Homeless Council meeting will be from 1-3pm on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the City of Portland General Assistance office in the Back Bay conference room – AND via “Go To Webinar”.

This meeting will be primarily devoted to a Coordinated Entry training for ALL of the Regional Homeless Councils.  Please feel free to invite others from your organization who will be involved with Coordinated Entry.  We will have brief state and federal updates at the beginning of the meeting but the rest of the agenda will be the Coordinated Entry training.

For anyone not able to attend in person, the session will be broadcast live via “Go To Webinar”. Please click on the link below to register if you would like to participate remotely:

 CE Triage and Diversion Assessment 4.1818

Coordinated Entry Shelter Eligibility & Referral 4.18.18

MCoC Coordinated Entry Training JG DRAFT


Reminder: MCOC 4-19-18 CE Training

The April 19th MCOC Meeting will be entirely devoted to a Training on the Maine Coordinated Entry System!!!

If there are people at your agency who do not ordinarily attend MCOC, but will be working with or have an interest in Maine’s Coordinated Entry System, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend this important training!

If you will be attending at one of the Tandberg Teleconferencing locations, you will be able to see and hear the presentation on the screen and ask questions (please mute your microphone when not asking a question in order to minimize background noise).

For those not able to make it to one of the Tandberg sites, you may join via “Go To Webinar” from your computer, tablet, or smart phone by clicking on the link below. (Save the agenda electronically so you can access the link!) Please note that the Webinar automatically mutes all participants, but you may submit questions and comments using the built in Chat feature, or you may phone the call in only number at the top of the agenda, but again, please mute your line when not talking.

Link to the Webinar:


MCoC Coordinated Entry Training DRAFT PowerPoint




February 14, Fair Housing Training, Portland, Maine

The Resource Committee of the Maine COC in partnership with ESAC and the city of Portland is pleased to present a free training on fair housing law with Maine’s premier expert, Patricia Ender with Pine Tree Legal Assistance. Please join us!

What: Understanding Fair Housing Laws in Maine

When: February 14th, 2018, 10am-12noon

Where: City of Portland, 196 Lancaster Street, Portland, ME 04101

RSVP to Matt Pryor
City of Portland Adult Services (207) 482-5141
mpryor@ Fair Housing Flyer

Statewide Homeless Council Meeting 10/10/17

This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting next Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 from 9:30 to 2:00 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. There is also a call in option for those not able to attend in person. Please see the Agenda for details. Minutes here are from August. September minutes will be posted once approved. Also included here is a revised version of the Maine Prioritization Chart that will be reviewed and possibly put to a vote on Tuesday.


SHC Agenda 10.10.17

SHC Minutes 8-8-17

Prioritization Chart for Serving Homeless Populations in Maine 2017 – Adopted by MCOC 9.21.17

MCOC Meeting September 21, 2017

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting this Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM (maybe longer).  Please see the Agenda for details including Tandberg and call-in information.

The 2017 NOFA Application deadline is September 28. This will be the last regularly scheduled full MCOC meeting prior to the deadline, so this will be the last chance for the full group to review the information and either vote to approve it, or authorize the Steering Committee and/or Board of Directors to finalize and approve it.

(stay tuned – additional materials may be posted tomorrow)



2017 MCOC NOFA app  9-15-17

Youth Committee Statement of Purpose

ME HMIS Governance Model 071317

ME HMIS Roles and Responsibilities 071317