Housing and Community Development

ATTENTION: Rental Assistance Available

The City of Portland received funding from the federal government through the CARES Act to provide aid to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The City has created a rental assistance program and has partnered with The Opportunity Alliance to help renters in Portland that are in need. The program will provide up to $750 in assistance for a maximum of 3 months, as well as $250 in utility assistance. Below is a link to the application, the program guidelines and a re-certification form for additional assistance. Please contact the HCD office or The Opportunity Alliance with any questions. 

Portland CARES Emergency Assistance Payment Program Application
Portland CARES Emergency Assistance Payment Program Guidelines
Returning Applicant Certification Form

The City welcomes comments on the 2020-2021 Consolidated Housing and Community Development Annual Action Plan. Recommendations and action plan documents are listed below.
The Portland City Council will hold two public meetings, April 27th and May 4th, to consider the allocation of the above referenced program funds received by the City of Portland from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To submit comments or for more information please contact Kelley Walsh, Housing and Community Development Program Manager, kwalsh@portlandmaine.gov or 874-8731
1. Memo to Council Budget
2. Memo Budget and Cap Calculations
3. City Manager Recommendation Letter 2020
3.1 City Manager CDBG Allocation Recommendation
4. CDBG Annual Allocation Committee Letter to City Manager
4.1 CDBG Annual Allocation Committee Recommendation
5. History of CDBG
6. Housing Program Budget
7. ESG Budget 20-21


HUD funds are utilized to benefit low and moderate-income Portland residents and city neighborhoods where a majority of the residents earn low and moderate incomes. HCD supports a wide variety of projects and programs including social and neighborhood services, public facilities and infrastructure in eligible neighborhoods and housing rehabilitation and housing development. The Division works in partnership with residents, non-profit agencies and City departments to benefit low and moderate-income residents and improve the neighborhoods in which they live. 


Current and archived reports are available posted in the document center. Click here to view reports.

Map of Housing Assisted with Public Funds


  1. Loan Programs

2019 Community Development Week

​Please join the City of Portland in celebrating Community Development Week April 22-26. A list of events can be found here . To RSVP for the CD Week events follow this link and sign up for as many as you can make! Lastly, be sure to take the Goals and Priorities Survey

2019 Housing Report

The 2019 Housing Report has been provided by the Housing and Community Development Division, Planning and Urban Development Department for the City Council’s Housing Committee. This report is designed to give an overview of the current housing market and report out on the many policies and initiatives the City has adopted to address the issues of housing availability and affordability.