Social Services

The Social Services Division strives to provide quality programs to low-income Portland residents that encourage dignity, self-respect, and self-reliance in the transition from public assistance to self-sufficiency.

Programs

General Assistance
The General Assistance Program provides Portland residents with assistance for basic needs such as rent, food, non-food, medication, fuel, utilities, and other essential services. All assistance is granted in voucher form and no cash assistance is granted.

Representative Payee
While most people receive their Social Security and Supplemental Security benefits directly, some are mandated by Social Security Administration to have a Representative Payee to provide assistance in managing their funds. Payee services for consumers receiving Social Security Disability benefits are provided through this program.

Home To Stay
In July 2014, the City was awarded $175,000 in operating costs and $175,000 in housing subsidies for housing individuals and families through the Maine State Housing Authority.

The Home to Stay (HTS) Program is modeled after a rapid re-housing approach that provides housing stability services to persons who are experiencing homelessness. The Home to Stay Program assists homeless clients seeking permanent housing with education, services and support to meet their health, housing, and employment needs in order to overcome barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing. The goal is to help participants achieve permanent stable housing.

HIRE
Helping Individuals Regain Employment (HIRE) assists General Assistance recipients achieve self-sufficiency. Staff help clients with barriers to employment find jobs through employment case work targeting their needs and referrals to outside agencies, such as English as a Second Language courses for individuals with low English proficiency. Individuals who are unable to work receive help applying for disability benefits.

  1. Health & Human Services Committee Meets January 10 to Discuss Goals for Upcoming Year

    The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on January 10 at 5:30 PM in Room 209. The Committee will discuss its goals and work plan for the upcoming year and also receive a presentation... Read on...
  2. CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

    The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents. Applications available starting October 10. Read on...
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News from HUD

  1. HUD and Council on Foundations Announce Winners of 2017 Secretary's Award

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) today announced the winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

  2. HUD and Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in March 2017

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for March 2017.

  3. HUD Reaches Agreement with California Lenders to Resolve Claims of Unfair Lending Practices Against Hispanic Applicant

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations they discriminated against a mortgage applicant based on his national origin.

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