Seeds of Hope

Neighborhood Center

Biddeford Maine Area Resource List

Financial Assistance

York County Community Action:

Community Outreach: Connect persons in need with community

resources, provide information and referral; serve as advocates,

look for funds that provide emergency assistance for shelter, utilities or heat.

 

Access to Justice: Legal Advocate provides information about legal system and helps with paperwork and procedures from court.

 

CA$H Campaign: information on tax credits, free tax preparation, matched savings for education, homeownership and business startup. Education and assistance with personal finance.

 

LIHEAP: Low Income Heat and Energy Assistance Program; heating fuel, electrical and phone assistance.

 

YCCA in BIDDEFORD

321 Elm ST, Biddeford

207-283-2402

 

YCCA in SANFORD

6 Spruce St, Sanford 

207-324-5762

 

Salvation Army:

Coats for Kids, and food pantry, Emergency Assistance with heat, electricity, and rent for residents of Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Old Orchard Beach and Saco. 

 

2 Sixth St., Old Orchard Beach

Open 1pm to 3pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

207-934-4381

 

 

Drop-in/Warming Center:

Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center

35 South Street 

Biddeford, Maine 04005 

www.seedsofhope4me.org

207-571-9601

Open Tues-Fri, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Center is open to permit guests to turn down heat at home, come join us for snacks, conversation or Internet connection.

 

Keeping Neighbors Warm (KNW): 

Residents of Arundel, Biddeford, Buxton, Dayton, Hollis, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Saco only.  Apply via each town’s general assistance office.  However, the Salvation Army in OOB can also take applications for those from Arundel, Dayton, OOB, Saco and Biddeford.  Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging (SMAAA) will also be able to take applications from seniors in the KNW service area.

 

York Housing Home Share

Helps match homeowners with people looking for a place to live.  Staff introduces individuals that are found to be compatible, helps them to develop a home sharing agreement, and offers follow-up counsel if a match is made. FMI:  Kami Mace at kami@yorkhousing.info  or go to www.yorkhousing.info             

 

 

211Maine:

211Maine provides a list of 1000’s of health and social services, updated regularly, and accessed by calling 211, toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Specially trained operators work with you to determine your need and provide resource contact information.  The directory is also available online at www.211maine.org

 

General Assistance:

Located at town or city offices

 

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) through Maine State Housing: 

HELP loans may be used to finance: home energy audits, insulation, air sealing and weather stripping; heating system repair or replacement, energy star-rated windows and appliances, storm doors and storm windows, ventilation and moisture controls; and roof repairs (if attic is insulated to a minimum R38 value).

1-800-452-4668

(www.mainehousing.org)

 

Weatherization Program:

Eligibility and referral for weatherization starts with an approved LIHEAP application.  Referrals go automatically and directly from LIHEAP to the Weatherization Program.  There is no need to make another call, ask for the service or complete another application during the intake.
Contact
York County Community Action (YACC)
207-324-5762

Keep ME Warm Winterization:
Teams of volunteers have been trained to assess need and then install winterization materials in LIHEAP eligible homes.

Those interested should call 211, specifying that they are interested in winterization not weatherization.  Materials are limited and provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Refrigerator/Appliance Replacement Program:
Applicants must be Eligible for LIHEAP, have a freezer or refrigerator that was made in 1995 or older, live in a mobile or single family home.  Referrals go automatically and directly from LIHEAP.

 

CHIP (Central Heating Improvement Program):

Referrals go automatically and directly from LIHEAP ask for the service or complete another application during intake.

 

Maine Home Repair Network:

Grants or loans to low income homeowners who may not be able to afford necessary home repairs and home replacement. Income guidelines apply

York County Community Action Program,

6 Spruce St., Sanford

1-800-965-5762 or 324-5762 x 2959

 

Bundle Up!  Central Maine Power:

Income eligible households receive Hot Water Heater insulation kits, pipe insulation, energy efficient shower heads, faucet aerators, tub spout safety cover. $20 contractor installed, $10 Do It Yourself

1-800-750-4000

 

Efficiency Maine:

Efficiency Maine is a statewide effort to promote the more efficient use of electricity, help Maine residents and businesses reduce energy costs, and improve Maine's environment. Efficiency Maine is funded by electricity consumers and administered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

www.efficiencymaine.com 

 

York County Cooperative Extension Service:

Staff is available for workshops on energy conservation and saving that you organize/host. Extensive catalog of energy saving and money savings brochures and booklets that can be downloaded for free!  

21 Bradeen Street, Suite 302, Springvale, ME 04083

(207) 324-2814 or 800-287-1535 (in Maine)

 www.umext.maine.edu