Assistance with Fuel, Housing, Legal, Medical, and Other Needs

Local nonprofit organizations can help with housing, fuel, medical, legal, and other costs. A listing of agencies, phone numbers and their programs below. Thanks to needhelppayingbills.com for this comprehensive list. FMI, click HERE.

DENTAL & MEDICAL

Dental Assistance

The Community Dental–Portland Dental Health Center provides affordable dental services and oral health treatment. Free or sliding fees. Among the services are cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, fluoride, root canals, dentures, partials, and tooth extractions. State-licensed hygienists and dentists provide the services. FMI: 207-874-1028.

The Community Dental–Portland Dental Health Center provides affordable dental services and oral health treatment. Free or sliding fees. Among the services are cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, fillings, fluoride, root canals, dentures, partials, and tooth extractions. State-licensed hygienists and dentists provide the services. FMI: 207-874-1028.

Medicare Help

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging provides trained volunteers to advise on Medicare plans and programs. FMI: Call 207-396-6500 or click HERE.

Maine Legal Servicesof the Elderly provides help with Medicare and other health-related issues. FMI: Call the Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 or click HERE.

The State SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Programs) provides referrals for assistance with Medicare issues. Call 1-800-262-2232.

Help Paying for Medical Prescriptions

Need Help Paying for your Prescription at little or no cost?

Who: Anyone who lives in Maine

What: Assistance to help individuals find ways to afford needed medication

Where: Anywhere in Maine

When: Immediately with voucher and coupons if available, or 4-6 weeks with other programs.

Why: To promote better health and longer lives.

Call 1-877-275-1787 or go the website HERE

 

GENERAL ASSISTANCE

Catholic Charities

Cumberland County Catholic Charities offers resources to older residents, the working poor, those with low income, and the unemployed. The Relief and Hope program provides emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as rent, housing, and heating bills. Other services include free food, medical and dental care, and referrals to churches and other nonprofits. FMI: Call Toll free 1-800-781-8550 or locally 207-781-8550 or visit the website HERE

Cumberland (Town)

The Town of Cumberland administers a Welfare/General Assistance program that provides confidential financial assistance to residents who are having difficulty meeting basic needs for housing, utilities, and food. Appointments are necessary. To request an appointment, please contact the Town Office at 829-5559.

Office Hours:
Wednesdays:
May – October: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
November – April: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Health & Human Services

Health and Human Services Department, Social Services Division can offer temporary financial assistance for fuel, heating bills, utilities, food, and housing. It also provides referrals to other agencies for assistance. FMI: Call 207-287-3707 or visit the website HERE

Opportunity Alliance

The Opportunity Alliance provides limited funds to very low-income residents to repair, tune up, or replace central heating systems. 50 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101. Call 553-5800.

People’s Regional Opportunity Program

The People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) offers low to moderate income residents with assistance with rent, preventing homelessness, housing and foreclosure counseling, and other services. Call (207) 874-1140.

Salvation Army Assistance Program

The Salvation Army, Direct Assistance Program provides basic needs, including food, clothing, money to pay for rent, shelter, prescription drug medications, referrals, and advocacy. A Senior Center presents programs trips, and entertainment for those 55 and older; held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm. A Community Senior Luncheon is held each Thursday at noon. FMI, contact Janet Lavenbein at 207-774-4172 x 255 or email her HERE.  

FUEL & HEATING ASSISTANCE

People’s Regional Opportunity Program

The People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) administers several fuel and heating assistance programs. The community action agency can be reached at (207) 874-1140.

  • The Central Heating Improvement Program provides grants to replace or repair malfunctioning or inoperable heating systems.
  • Maine HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) provides benefits to households by making a supplemental payment directly to their fuel vendor or utility company, whether the fuel is heating oil, coal, electricity, wood, or gas.
  • ELP (Electricity Lifeline Program) applies to customers of Central Maine Power who do not live in subsidized or government housing. Apply through CMP, which will provide an energy credit on a household’s monthly electric or heating bill.
  • ECIP (Energy Crisis Intervention Program) provides emergency cash grants to homeowners and renters when no other funding sources are available. Grants may be applied to fuel delivery, minor heating system repairs, or to prevent a utility or heating service disconnection.
  • CHIP (Central Heating Improvement Program) provides funds and money for repair and/or replacement of central heating systems that are inefficient, malfunctioning, or threaten the occupants’ health or safety.
  • Home Repair Loans provide low interest loans to qualifying homeowners for needed home updates, improvements, and repairs.
  • Weatherization program provides a home energy audit to qualified homeowners and can pay for energy saving improvements such as attic and wall insulation, caulking, new windows, and other energy-saving measures that reduce home heating costs and bills.

Wood Bank

The Cumberland Congregational Church Wood Bank provides wood and heating oil for residents who can’t afford to heat their homes. FMI: Call 207-747-2868 or visit website HERE.

LEGAL

Maine Legal Services for the Elderly

Maine Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) provides free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and older. Advice available for older adults on topics such as consumer issues such as debt collection and home repair contracts, MaineCare, Medicare, long-term care, housing, public benefits, advance health care directives, financial powers of attorney, and other civil (non-criminal) matters. LSE can also assist in dealing with and preventing elder abuse and financial and other scams. Call the Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 or click HERE.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides legal help to those with a low income. Among the issues addressed are IRS tax disputes, foreclosure assistance services with a focus on predatory lending, housing discrimination,  victims’ rights, and other family issues. FMI: Call (207) 774-8211 or visit the website HERE.