Financial Resources

Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF):  TANF provides cash assistance to families while they work towards becoming self-sufficient. Once enrolled in TANF individuals may be able to receive job training and education and other support services. This page includes information on TANF eligibility and how to apply for benefits.

Emergency Assistance provides voucher payments for children and their families who are threatened by destitution or homelessness due to an emergency situation.  This page provides information on TANF eligibility and how to apply for benefits.

General Assistance helps individuals and families to meet their basic needs. This may include help paying for: household or personal supplies (toiletries, cleaning supplies), food, housing (e.g., mortgage, rent, room rent, temporary housing), fuel & utilities, medical, dental, prescriptions, medical supplies/equipment, and burial costs.  Applications for General Assistance can be completed in person at a local municipal office.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps qualified homeowners and renters pay for heating costs. Individuals can also qualify for energy-related repairs if eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). 

Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax credit available if an individual has an earned income and raising children. Wage earners who have no children in the home may be eligible for a smaller credit. This is a "refundable credit." This means that even if you owe a small amount of taxes, you get the full amount of your credit.  

Maine Earned Income Credit (EIC):  For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, the Maine earned income credit (EIC) is equal to 12% (25% for taxpayers with no qualifying children) of the federal earned income tax credit. Taxpayers who are 18 to 24 years of age, have no qualifying children, and are otherwise qualified for the federal earned income tax credit may also be eligible to claim the Maine EIC. 

Child Care Credit This credit is equal to 25% of the federal credit for child and dependent care expenses. The credit doubles if the expenses are related to a quality child care provider. This credit is also refundable up to $500.

For local community information about resources to help families and individuals meet their needs contact 211 Maine, a free and confidential helpline: