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United Way hosts annual Housing Related Assistance Meeting

United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s eighth annual Housing Related Assistance Meeting was attended by over 50 people seeking information about the most current resources for heating and housing assistance and how to maximize the limited resources available.

“United Way recognizes the importance of the various assistance programs in the community.” said Margaret Wilson, former Chairwoman of United Way’s Meeting Basic Needs/Safety Net Council. “We provide this meeting as an opportunity for organizations to be well prepared to work together over the coming months.”

Participants reviewed program materials including LIHEAP eligibility, free/low cost weatherization programs, foreclosure prevention services and the Town-by-Town Supplemental Assistance Grid which is available at the United Way of Mid Coast Maine website, www.uwmcm.org under FIND HELP.

Presenters included MaineHousing, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, Midcoast Maine Community Action, town and state General Assistance administrators, area churches, Habitat for Humanity, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., 2-1-1 Maine, Tedford Housing, Sagadahoc Emergency Management, CHIP, Inc., Downeast Energy, Salvation Army and United Way of Mid Coast Maine.

“Can't tell you how useful these charts are!” said Mary Ellen Barnes, Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission. “Thank you -- we're sending them to all our town officials and offices in Lincoln County.”

Mechelle Nash, Coastal Enterprises Inc Foreclosure Prevention Specialist said “I always keep this right next to me” referring to the Supplemental Assistance Grid.

“I appreciate that United Way convened a meeting bringing together so many entities which provide heating assistance in this region.” said Kristi Eiane, Harpswell Town Administrator. “This meeting and the materials distributed serve to connect and inform area providers so that we are all better able to assist our clients in need. Thank you for hosting such a well organized and effective meeting.”

Misty Mixon, Sagadahoc Emergency Management Director, said ““Thank you” to each and every one of you that is here today as this effort is extremely important in making sure our citizens have the resources they need to get through the winter.”

Individuals seeking heating assistance are encourages to call 2-1-1, Maine’s statewide, free and confidential Information & Referral service.

United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. In partnership with thousands of donors, United Way works on community solutions in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. It funds local programs that change thousands of lives in Brunswick and Harpswell, Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties.