Includes financial assistance, emergency, home repair, and energy services for individuals over the age of 65.

We are happy to assist you with more information! If you have any questions about the programs and services listed, please call us at 764-3721 or 1-800-432-7881.

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Foster Grandparent Program - Foster Grandparents are income-eligible volunteers aged 55 and over who work 15 to 40 hours a week with disabled, disadvantaged and developmentally delayed children in one-on-one and small group settings. Foster Grandparents are placed in sites such as schools, hospitals and Head Start centers. Benefits include a stipend for hours worked, paid holidays, earned time and assistance with transportation and meals. Penquis sponsors this program in 14 Maine counties (all but York and Cumberland). For more information, call 207-973-3684 or 1-800-215-4942.

Case Management Services - Provides information, referrals, advocacy and assistance with food, shelter, and other resources to those in need. Case Management is a method of providing services whereby a professional Social Worker collaboratively assesses the needs of the client and the client’s family, when appropriate, and arranges, coordinates, monitors, evaluates, and advocates for a package of multiple services to meet the specific client’s complex needs.

Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) - Provides assistance to income-eligible households for emergency fuel delivery or an electrical disconnect emergency.

Helping Hands Emergency Services - Provides assistance to households for emergency needs (especially fuel) where other resources, including LIHEAP and ECIP, are not available. The program includes follow-up case management services to assist households with preventing future such crises.

Affordable Care Act Navigator Program - Provides free in-person assistance from Certified Healthcare Navigators with all aspects of Marketplace coverage including determining eligibility, comparing and explaining options, accessing tax credits and applying and enrolling in coverage. We are also available for follow up appointments for questions after your coverage begins and can refer to health insurance assistance programs when needed.

PICH (Partnerships to Improve Community Health) – services are designed to increase the number of people with improved opportunities for chronic disease prevention, risk reduction or management through clinical and community linkages. This is done by working with medical providers on screening families for food insecurity and then referring them to community resources.

Central Heating Improvement Program – Provides assistance to income-eligible households for heating system improvements such as cleaning, tuning, evaluation, burner retrofit, repair, replacement, or conversion. Priority is given to those in a no-heat situation. Household must be eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) – Provides assistance to income-eligible households for emergency fuel delivery or an electrical disconnect emergency.

Energy, Moisture, and Infiltration Audit Inspection Program – Provides several levels of home energy usage evaluations and may provide recommendations for upgrades and predictions of savings. Licensed Energy Auditors provide these services on a fee-for-service basis.

Low-Income Assistance Program (LIAP) – Assists LIHEAP-eligible customers with electric bill payments. LIHEAP Eligibility Guidelines

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Provides financial assistance to income and program-eligible households to help address energy costs. LIHEAP Eligibility Guidelines

Homeownership Support Counseling – provides foreclosure prevention counseling services to home owners who are at risk of falling behind on their mortgage payments or are facing foreclosure. This service is available for the general public.

Home Repair Network Program – Provides zero percent no payments, deferred/forgivable loans or grants to income-eligible homeowners for home repair, replacement or repair of septic systems, lead hazard reduction, replacement housing, and other essential improvements necessary to permit use by persons with disabilites and energy related repairs and improvements to homes. Service is prioritized to assist those households with the greatest home repair need with consideraton given to the elderly and household income. Income Eligibility is at or below 80% of HUD's Median Income Guidelines.

Lead Paint Inspection Program – Provides inspections of buildings using a spectrum analyzer to identify the presence of lead paint on interior and exterior surfaces. Some subsidy for lead testing and the abatement of lead hazards may be available to households with low-income living in pre-1978 housing with a child under the age of six (6). Landlords who lease predominately to very low and low-income households may qualify for 5-year deferred/forgivable loans for abatement of lead hazards. Income Eligibility is at or below 80% of HUD's Median Income Guidelines.

Rehabilitation Specialist – Provides technical specification writing, bidding, and inspection services for housing rehabilitation.

Weatherization – Purchases and installs a variety of energy conservation materials for income-eligible households. Household must be eligible for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.