Support Resources

Financial and emergency resources for people struggling through the pandemic, education and coping tools for children, and links to more information about federal stimulus checks and government-sponsored loans.

For Individuals

Emergency Support (Maine 211)

Maine 211 is a live-staffed resource that can help Maine people get access to basic needs, such as food, shelter, transportation, financial assistance, and household goods. 211 also has resources for people in crisis - whether it’s a situation of abuse, someone who needs to get out of a dangerous or threatening living situation, substance abuse, suicide prevention, or a natural or man-made disaster, there are trained people there to help. Call or text 211 on your phone, or visit

*If you or someone you know is in an immediate health or safety crisis, always call 911.

Rent Relief

Cumberland County has partnered with the Opportunity Alliance to offer an emergency rental relief  for families that have been financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and cannot afford to pay their rent. Rental relief is available for up to three months for rent not covered by any other Federal, State or Local program. The three month period is for prior months and/or the current month. The applicant is the renter and the benefit is paid directly to the landlord.  If you received the $500 in rental assistance through Maine Housing, you can still qualify for this program.

Cumberland County has partnered with MaineHousing and The Opportunity Alliance to provide emergency rental and utility assistance for families that have been financially impacted by Covid-19. The next round of rental assistance will be available by mid-February 2021. For more information or to sign up for an email notification when the application is available please visit: 
For more information about Bridgton's rental relief program, please contact the Bridgton Community Center. 


Find food pantries and their service options near your home, with the click of a button.

Meals for Kids

USDA Meals for Kids site finder: Find places that provide meals for kids when schools are closed.

State 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 is designed to provide a one time bridge payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them.

Federal Economic Impact Payments ("Stimulus" checks)

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment. 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child. Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return. 

Unemployment Insurance

Follow this link to gain access to the state unemployment web site, which guides applicants for Unemployment Insurance through the process. As of May 1 2020, applicants who newly qualify for Unemployment - like those who are self employed - can apply for Unemployment under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

Finance Authority of Maine Relief Loans

COVID-19 Relief Consumer Loan Program provides no- to low-interest consumer loans through a loan guarantee program involving Maine’s banks, credit unions, and FAME. Interested borrowers should contact their local bank or credit union (not FAME) to see if the lender is offering this program and to apply. The program offers loans of up to $5,000 (minus any unemployment benefits received by borrower).  A borrower may apply for up to three (3) loans, one per each 30-day period.

Internet Assistance for Low Income Families

A guide to help households with low incomes gain access to internet service for free or reduced rates.

For Students, Families and Caregivers

Maine Department of Education COVID resources

The Maine Department of Education COVID resources page has resources for distance learning, caring for children with special needs at home, and tools to help kids cope with living through this incredibly challenging time. 

Check with your local school district to see if there are distance learning and nutritional resources available for your children from their community school.

Childcare for Essential Personnel

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), MaineAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network are working together to create a temporary listing of the child care programs that are open and able to offer care to children of essential workers. Follow the link for guidance on accessing care, and a list of programs with available space, sorted by county.

For Businesses

Guidance for economic reopening

For checklists, schedules, contact forms to submit business feedback and all other state-level resources for reopening your business, visit the Maine DECD website.

Federal Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

Finance Authority of Maine Relief Loans

COVID-19 Relief Lender Insurance Program provides commercial loan insurance of 50-75% to lenders who make loans to Maine businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19. .

COVID-19 Relief Business Direct Loan Program provides FAME Direct Loans of up to $50,000 with special terms available to Maine-based businesses experiencing interruption or hardship due to COVID-19.  *FAME has received more than the allotted amount in applications for this program, but are encouraging businesses to keep applying because not all current applications will be approved.