Housing Navigator

We are empowering our guests to rebuild their lives to promote long-term self-sufficiency

Program Requirements

Stability Through Engagement Program (STEP)

Individuals and families may be eligible to receive temporary rental assistance, for a maximum of 12 months, through STEP if they meet the following requirements:

  • Must be homeless.
  • Must be enrolled and participating in Navigator Services with an approved Housing Stability Plan.
  • Must create a household budget and set achievable goals to ensure that they remain housed after program participation ends.
  • Must pay 30% of their adjusted income (or no less than $50) per month towards their rent.

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV)

Individuals and families may be eligible to receive housing assistance through a limited number of Housing Choice Vouchers. A housing choice voucher can be used in any private rental housing that: passes a Housing Quality Inspection and meets specific program criteria. In addition, the owner must accept you as a tenant.

HCV assistance would continue as long as a tenant meets program eligibility requirements:

  • Must be homeless.
  • Must meet income limits.
  • Must be willing to sign a lease within MaineHousing’s jurisdiction.
  • Must pass a criminal background screening.
  • Must be in good standing with other housing authorities.
  • Must be willing to pay up to 40% of their income towards rent.
  • Must be willing to allow MaineHousing to conduct annual Housing Quality Standards inspections.

 

You Can Help

You can make a difference in your community, too.

We’re looking for people who want to help their neighbors and be part of something bigger than themselves. Our residents have successfully faced many challenges, but they still need support.

They need you to give them hope and show them that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Together, we can change lives and create brighter futures.