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.   

  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 Releases Comprehensive Assessment of Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives

    WASHINGTON – American Indian tribes are building more housing units after enactment of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) but housing conditions are substantially worse among American Indian households...

  2. HUD and Census Bureau Announce New Residential Construction Activity in December

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for December 2016.

  3. HUD Announces $10 Million in "Sweat Equity" Grants

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today awarded $10 million in "sweat equity" grants to four non-profit self-help housing organizations through HUD's Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity...

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