Mills Dedicates $$ to Rent Relief to Support Maine Families

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Governor Janet T. Mills in Her Augusta Office During a Recent COVID-19 Briefing with Dr. Shah.

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Governor Mills announced today that she is dedicating an additional $6.2 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to Maine’s Housing COVID-19 Rental Relief Program.  MaineHousing will extend the program through December for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to COVID-19.

“I join my fellow governors of both parties nationwide in calling on the US Senate and the President to Pass desperately needed relief for Maine families struggling to make ends meet during this pandemic.  In the meantime, I will do all I can to keep people secure in their homes this holiday season,” said Governor Mills.  “I thank MaineHousing for extending this important program and I encourage all eligible people to apply.”

MaineHousing’s COVID-19 Rental Relief Program will continue to help cover October and November rent.  Both previous and new applicants may apply for a maximum of $1,000 per month for October, November and December rent payments.

“In the last weeks, we’ve heard from people who are thankful for this program because it’s helped them keep a roof over their heads,” said MaineHousing Director Daniel Brennan.  “We’re grateful for Governor Mills’ continued support of this program and for the work that Maine’s Community Action Agencies are day in and day out to help Maine people.”

Applications for December rent will be accepted beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 at Mainehousing.org/covident.  Awards are on a first come, first-served basis.

MaineHousing and the Mills Administration have dedicated a total of $28. million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for the COVID-19 Rental Relief Program since April.