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Resources: How to help homeless people in the area

Many organizations support homeless children, teens, and families in central and western Maine.

new beginnings’ The 24-hour emergency shelter and supportive housing and assistance team are helping youth across Maine find safety off the streets. The organization has transitional housing programs in Lewiston, Farmington and Augusta. For more information, visit or call 207-795-4077.

The Store Next Door project at Lewiston High School provides basic material goods, academic support, emotional support, and service referrals to homeless Lewiston students and their families. For more information, visit or contact Jamie Caouette at 207-755-7252 or email at [email protected].

Rumford Group Homes provides shelter and social services for families affected by homelessness. The organization runs animal shelters in Rumford, Norway and Leeds. For more information, visit, call 207-364-3551, or email Melissa McEntee at [email protected].

Ministry of Rural Community Actions provides housing services and emergency shelter for residents in 14 county towns in Androscoggin, Kennebec and Oxford. The organization also helps at-risk rural youth build life skills for the transition to adulthood. Visit or call 207-524-5095 for more information.

Community action in western Maine provides a range of community services in the Farmington area including support for families affected by homelessness. For more information, visit, call 207-645-3764, or email [email protected].

bread of life services operates a soup kitchen and family shelter in Augusta, and also provides social services to residents of the shelter. For more information, visit, call 207-626-3434 opt. 1 or email [email protected].

Mid Maine Homeless Shelter & Services runs an animal shelter that serves homeless families in Waterville. The organization offers special programs to empower teenagers and young adults. For more information, visit, call 207-872-8082, or email [email protected].

For MaineHousing’s complete list of emergency housinggo here:

Nationwide contact information for Offices of the Department of Health and Human Services can be found here:

In addition, many school districts and communities have programs that provide food, clothing, and other necessities to children, youth, and families in need.

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