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Posted on: July 6, 2020

City Makes $500,000 Available for Rent Assistance for Portlanders Affected by COVID-19

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

In response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Portland will make available up to three months of rent, and up to $250 in utility assistance to alleviate the housing burden for low income households that have lost their employment income as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to alleviate financial pressure on renter households and provide economic security to rental property owners.

The City of Portland has made available $500,000 for this program. The program will provide up to $2,250 ($750/month for 3 months) for rent assistance and a maximum of $250 in utility expense assistance. Program guidelines and eligibility requirements are available on the City’s website.

Applications are available by contacting the City of Portland’s Housing and Community Development Division at (207) 874-8698 or via email The application is available online from the City of Portland and is also available through Opportunity Alliance by contacting Val Fitzgerald at 207.553.5937 or Completed applications should be returned via email to: Val Fitzgerald at or by fax to: 207.874.1182, or by mail to:  Valerie Fitzgerald, The Opportunity Alliance, 222 St. John Street, Suite 302-B, Portland, ME 04102.

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