Fair Housing Training

Presented by the Regional Homeless Councils and the Maine CoC Resource Committee

Presenter: Patricia Ender, Esq. from Pine Tree Legal

When: 9:00-11:00 am, Friday, December 13, 2019

Locations: Live presentation at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street, Augusta

Additional “GoToMeeting” group sites with video are available at:

  • Community Health and Counseling Services, 42 Cedar Street, Rm. 304 in Bangor
  • Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street in Portland

If you are unable to attend one of the in-person locations, please register for the GoToWebinar at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We also wanted to make sure everyone knows that we have corrected the sound quality issues from the last training. There won’t be an opportunity to ask questions via audio, but there will be a text chat option available.

What do renters and landlords need to know?  This training will cover:

  • fair housing laws
  • your rights as a renter
  • assistance and therapy animals (in housing and at emergency shelters)
  • reasonable accommodations landlords are sometimes required to make.

Who should attend?

Landlords, housing providers, shelter staff, General Assistance staff, case managers, and anyone who is concerned about fair treatment and housing rights.

Any questions? Contact Resource Committee Co-Chairs, Mike Mooney- or Norman Maze-

LGBTQ/ HUD Equal Access Rule Training (September 13, 2019)

Attached are the final slides from the LGBTQ/ HUD Equal Access Training held on September 13, 2019.

The first attachment is the Introduction to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression presented by Ophelia Hu Kinney from the Reconciling Ministries Network.

The second is the HUD Equal Access Rule portion of the training presented by Mary Bonauto from GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).

The link below is the full training with audio. Since we had some challenges with sound quality, you can decide if you would like to take in the training using this revised version (audio cleaned up a bit).


Updated – Website Update & Downtime

Updated on 10/30/2019 – This update is complete. There were no visible changes made to the website.

Good Morning – On Wednesday, October 30th the Maine Homeless Planning website may be periodically unavailable while we install some updates to the site. During the update the site will display a maintenance mode message on the homepage.

The update should not affect the look/feel of the front end site after the site, but may change some administrative & back end sections of the site. Once the update is complete I will document any changes with a new post.

If you have any questions about the update or if this will cause a problem for you please contact Amanda Ouellette at :

Job Posting :
Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) seeks a full-time Housing Services Coordinator.   
A new position at MCEDV, the Housing Services Coordinator ensures the development and effective implementation of MCEDV’s programming related to shelter, transitional, and permanent housing access for individuals and families affected by abuse and violence. The Coordinator, in partnership with MCEDV staff, will develop and implement strategies to close gaps and improve overall policy and system responses to those who are at risk or experiencing homelessness due to domestic abuse. Community partner engagement and collaboration are key aspects of this position.      

The successful applicant for Housing Services Coordinator will: 

Be knowledgeable about sheltering survivors of domestic violence and assisting those survivors to access transitional and/or permanent housing; Be familiar with housing rental assistance resources in Maine; Be knowledgeable about the Violence Against Women Act; Demonstrate experience in social justice policy advocacy and/or systems change work; Understand and be committed to issues of diversity and demonstrate the ability to work in a multicultural environment; Research, analyze, and present information effectively; Listen and respond effectively to membership concerns and needs; Demonstrate ability to engage, inform, and support committees in accomplishing shared social change and advocacy goals; Communicate verbally in a clear and persuasive manner; Possess excellent writing skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • Expertise in the use of spreadsheet and database programs
  • At least 5 years’ experience and demonstrated competence in the areas covered by the job description. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of domestic abuse and violence through advocacy or personal experience and completion of MCEDV’s Core Advocacy, Intervention, Response, and Ethics Training prior to or within the first year of employment with MCEDV. 

This position is statewide in nature, requiring substantial travel, a flexible schedule, and a home office with reliable high-speed internet access to assure remote connection with colleagues in addition to regularly scheduled meetings in MCEDV’s Augusta, ME office.  

MCEDV offers competitive salary, excellent benefits and vacation package.  MCEDV staff coordinate and integrate statewide work in response to domestic abuse and violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. They are responsible for developing and sustaining collaborative partnerships and programs that promote public policy, education, and systems advocacy to create and encourage a social, political, and economic environment that fosters communities where the diversity, dignity, and contributions of all are respected and celebrated. 

Send cover letter and resume in a single document via e-mail with “Housing Services Coordinator application” in the subject line to:  Francine Stark, Executive Director  No phone calls, please.  Applications due October 15, 2019. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 

MCEDV is an Equal Opportunity Employer




Reminder: MCoC Meeting Thursday, October 17

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting next Thursday, October 17th, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at three locations:

MaineHousing, 353 Water St, Augusta
New Beginnings, 134 College Street, Lewiston
Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street, Portland

You may also attend via GoToMeeting, for those not able to make it to one of the meeting rooms.

See the agenda packet for details including the GoToMeeting link and call-in number…and please remember…you can use your computer audio or you can use the conference phone line – but you cannot use both!

And double please mute your phone or computer when you are not speaking.