Category Archives: Portland CoC

2018 MCOC Selection Committee Results

Congratulations Maine Continuum of Care Applicants!

This is to inform everyone that the Maine Continuum of Care Selection Committee has reviewed all New and Renewal applications requesting funding through MCOC in the 2018 NOFA competition and there were NO project applications rejected.

ALL Project Applications are being recommended for inclusion in the MCOC Project Priority Listing that will be submitted to HUD along with the Continuum’s full Application. All Project Applicants have been contacted by email and informed of their individual results.

Further details regarding scoring and ranking results will be provided at the next full meeting MCOC Meeting on September 13, 2018 (one week earlier than usual).

The full agenda and additional information will be posted here on prior to the meeting.

NOFA Committee 8-24-18

The MCOC NOFA Committee will be meeting Friday, August 24, 2018 from 10:00 to 1:00 at the offices of Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street, Portland Maine. Please note that we will be in a different conference room this time, so you must enter through the front lobby of the building, not from the parking lot.


MCOC GoToMeeting Link

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 352-415-877

MCOC NOFA Committee meeting 8-17-18

(sorry for the late notice)

The Maine Continuum of Care NOFA Committee will be meeting today,  Friday, August 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the offices of Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street in Portland, and via GoToMeeting for those not able to attend in person.

This committee is tasked with answering the questions and providing the data required to complete the annual Homeless Assistance Program Funding Application to HUD, and we welcome input and assistance from interested stakeholders.

MCOC GoToMeeting Link

8-10-18 DRAFT MCOC 2018 NOFA App

Additional Reallocation Funding Available

Due to a last minute notification that some projects would not be renewing this year, there is now an additional $376,945 of reallocated funds available for eligible new projects.

More information will be provided at tomorrow’s MCOC meeting,  but the MCOC Chairs felt strongly that the MCOC should know about this as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions please reach out to the chairs or to Scott Tibbitts.  Thank you – The MCOC Chairs (Awa, Rob, and Vickey)”

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 gro.g1571265185nisuo1571265185henia1571265185m@stt1571265185ibbit1571265185s1571265185 or one of the MCOC Chairs: Vickey Rand at gro.g1571265185nisuo1571265185hmohc1571265185@yekc1571265185iv1571265185 ; Awa Conteh at vog.e1571265185niamr1571265185ognab1571265185@hetn1571265185oc.aw1571265185a1571265185 ; or Rob Parritt at vog.e1571265185niamd1571265185naltr1571265185op@pw1571265185r1571265185