Rental Assistance - COVID-19 Rent Relief Program
The COVID-19 Rent Relief
Rent Relief update
The COVID-19 rent relief program is currently suspended, pending implementation of the new federal stimulus legislation, as outlined by U.S. Congress in late December.
MaineHousing’s rent relief program ended on December 30th. DCP expects to offer a program later this month which will cover the month of January and future months.
The recently enacted federal stimulus bill includes additional funding for emergency rental assistance. Maine’s allocation is $200M. MaineHousing is working through the details of the federal stimulus bill.
The stimulus bill includes some elements that will greatly improve the delivery of emergency rental assistance such as prospective rent payments for up to 3 months, payment of rental arrears, and housing stability services.
DCP will make a public announcement once the new program has been approved for implementation.
Please stay tuned to DCP's social media and this page for program information and updates.
DCP administers Maine Housing's Rental Assistance Program in Washington and Hancock counties. The program is designed to assist tenants who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. This program expands upon the previous rent relief program through Maine Housing. You can apply for this expanded program even if you applied and received funds under the other program.
This program provides up to $1,000 per month for a maximum of three (3) 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 the landlord agrees to participate in the program, the landlord is postponing the balance of the payment, not forgiving it, and further agrees not to evict for non-payment of rent for the month(s) for which the COVID-19 Rent Relief was applied.
You may qualify if your annual income is within the income limits on the table below. They are based on household size and your county. If you can afford to pay your rent from income of any sort or from savings or other liquid assets, you are not eligible.
Family Size County
1 $39,400 $37,700
2 $45,000 $43,100
3 $50,650 $48,500
4 $56,250 $53,850
5 $60,750 $58,200
6 $65,750 $62,500
7 $69,750 $66,800
8 $74,250 $71,100
Ability to Pay:
You may qualify if you are unable to pay your rent due to circumstances directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of changes in circumstances include but are not limited to:
· being laid off;
· having your place of employment closed;
· reduction in hours of work;
· having to stay home to care for your children because your day care or school has closed; or
· other loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Mobile Home Pad Rents
If you own a mobile home and rent space in a mobile home park you may be eligible for this program. If you are eligible for the program, it is only for lot rent or the mobile home rent. Park fees are not included.
Some Housing Excluded
If you live in housing financed by Maine Housing, you can apply for another rent relief program. Ask your property manager for an application.
You are not eligible if you:
· Get a Section 8 Voucher
· Live in Section 8 apartments
· Get Rental Assistance from USDA’s Rural Development.
· Live in public housing.
To apply for the Expanded COVID-19 Rental Relief Program, download the Maine Housing application here. Once completed submit the application to rentrelief@DowneastCommunityPartners.org or you can complete the application online at www.mecap.org/rent. If you have a question about your application, or the process, please give us a call at 207-610-5927 or email us at rentrelief@DowneastCommunityPartners.org.