• State Data Overview

    Across Maine, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

    Renter households that are extremely low income
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Tori Bourret

    Tori Bourret

    202.662.1530 x244 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Maine Affordable Housing Coalition

    c/o Avesta Housing

    307 Cumberland Avenue

    Portland, ME 04101

    P 207-245-3341


    Greg Payne, Director

    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Tori Bourret with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Greg Payne


    Maine Affordable Housing Coalition


    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Peter Merrill

    Deputy Director

    Maine Housing


    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Mark Wiesendanger

    Director of Development


    [email protected]

    State Entity Webpage

    Maine State Housing Authority

    NHTF-specific pages

    National Housing Trust Fund

    Plans for Federal Funds

  • Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Maine (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Maine (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Maine and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Maine and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program was appropriated $5 million is designed to provide a one time payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them.This program has been extended to cover April, May and June rents. https://tinyurl.com/ydhempzghttps://tinyurl.com/yarm6fjt

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.

    The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program was appropriated $5 million is designed to provide a one time payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them. https://tinyurl.com/ydhempzg

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:

    The Portland City Manager temporarily closed the Oxford Street Shelter and family to new individuals after two people tested positive for COVID-19. 

    Maine is collaborating with housing and homeless advocates to restructure the state’s network of emergency housing programs and shelters. According to the director of MaineHousing, COVID-19 has demonstrated that the state’s shelter system is inadequate.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    The Maine State Housing Authority is providing funding to house people experiencing homelessness in hotel rooms for 30 days. The funding is for people who were unsheltered, not for those who were staying in shelters.  

    A commentary piece in the Portland Press Herald discusses Maine’s shortage of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing. The Maine Statewide Homeless Council and the Maine Continuum of Care sent a letter to Governor Janet Mills suggesting that a portion of the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund be spent on creating permanent supportive housing.

    A resident of the Hope House shelter in Bangor has tested positive for COVID-19. This marks the first reported case of COVID-19 among an individual using the city’s homelessness services. City officials and community health partners are seeking a quarantine space for people experiencing homelessness who test positive.

    Governor Janet Mills signed an executive order on April 16 that protects tenants against evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic and establishes a rental assistance relief program. Governor Mills, in partnership with MaineHousing, established a $5 million COVID-19 Rent Relief Program that will provide eligible households with a one-time, up to $500 payment in rental assistance.

    Some landlords in Maine have argued that they should be allowed to restrict guests to rental units, advocates have argued that both renters and landlords should work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Mainers without permanent housing are increasingly anxious about staying healthy during the peak period of transmission.


    The Portland City Council has approved a plan to use $500,000 of its 1.7 million for an emergency rental assistance program. The city dedicated more than $570,000 for shelter operations, including more than $130,000 for hotel vouchers.

    No information at this time.

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb