There are many reasons and circumstances that can contribute
homelessness, such as:

  • poverty
  • unemployment
  • lack of affordable housing
  • poor physical or mental health
  • drug and alcohol abuse
  • gambling
  • family and relationship breakdown
  • domestic violence
  • physical and/or sexual abuse

Whatever the circumstances, in addition to housing services provided by the City’s Health & Welfare Department, there are other housing assistance programs available to individuals and families in the greater Waterville area.* While several of the following programs/resources are limited to those who are currently homeless, there are many that are not. Additionally, several of the resources listed also provide homeownership programs, etc.

RESOURCES:

  • Family Violence Project – The Family Violence Project provides temporary emergency housing for people fleeing domestic abuse or who are homeless because of an abusive domestic partner. The FVP also manages a small number of apartments that eligible clients can rent.
  • Habitat for Humanity — Provides volunteer, homeownership and employment opportunities for participants interested in building a better home and future for themselves and their families.
  • House of Hope — The Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope is the only non-profit transitional housing in Maine dedicated to serving eligible women veterans and their children who are currently experiencing, or are at risk for, homelessness.
  • Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP) – KVCAP serves the people of Kennebec, Somerset, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, offering a wide range of services including: Heating Assistance, Electric Bill Assistance, Foreclosure Prevention, Heating System Repairs, HomeBuyer Education, Home Repair Program, Weatherization, Transportation Services; Employment Services; Child and Family Services, including Childcare, and more.
  • Maine State Housing AuthorityMaineHousing is an independent state agency that offers services to benefit Maine’s low and moderate-income homebuyers, renters, homeowners, homeless individuals and more.
  • Poverty Action Coalition: Community Investors —  The Community Investors Initiative is intended to help people in Waterville who are living below the poverty line and cannot have their needs met by other services available.
  • Preble Street Veterans’ Housing Services — Preble Street Veterans’ Housing Services is a short-term housing stabilization program offering case management, housing search assistance, budget counseling and financial assistance to eligible Veterans’ and Veteran’s families throughout Maine.
  • Salvation Army – Waterville Social Services Office — The office is located at 179 Main St., Suite 313, in downtown Waterville with limited office hours. This location serves those in the Waterville and Winslow communities by providing: Rental Assistance (if there is a lease involved); Utility Assistance (Including Electric, Heating Oil, and Water); and Food. To set up an appointment or to receive more information, call 207-623-3752.
  • Spectrum Generations — Spectrum Generations offers a wide variety of resources for our aging population including case management, home care services and more.
  • State of Maine Housing Resources — The State of Maine offers resources such as: Bridging Rental Assistance Program (BRAP); Fair Market Rent; Shelter Plus Care; Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH); and Housing Choice Vouchers (AKA Section 8).
  • USDA Rural Development — The United States Department of Agriculture offers homeownership and repair programs for individuals and families.  For example, the Section 502 Direct Loan Program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. Other programs include: Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program, Housing Repair Loans and Grants, Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants, Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans and Grants, Well System and Wastewater Grants, Multi-Family Housing Direct Loans and more. 
  • Waterville Housing Authority — The Waterville Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Waterville, Maine. The Waterville Housing Authority serves Waterville.

Additional Resources:

  • Rental housing listings can be found online in the classifieds for: Morning Sentinel/Kennebec Journal; Craigslist; and Uncle Henry’s. Area Facebook sale groups may also feature rental properties and homes for sale (for example: Central Maine Online Yard Sale, Waterville Area Online Yard Sale and For Sale in the Waterville Area).
  • Call 2-1-1 — This service connects Maine callers to information about health and human services including, but not limited to: Alzheimer’s Resources, Basic needs – food, clothing, shelter; Counseling; Crisis intervention; Child development; Children’s health and insurance; Childcare; Consumer help; Disability services; Elder care; Emergency shelter; Energy assistance; Parenting; Financial assistance; Health care; HIV/AIDS testing; Home care; Legal assistance; Maternal/child health services; Suicide prevention; Substance abuse education programs; Senior services; and Transportation.

NOTE: These resources are provided for informational purposes only. The City of Waterville does not endorse any particular program or agency. Questions about individual agencies, or their programs, should be directed to that particular agency, not to the City of Waterville.

Additionally, this may not be an all-inclusive list of services available in the Waterville area. If you know of another program that is not listed here and serves Waterville residents, please let us know by emailing us the details

In addition to services provided by the City’s Health & Welfare Department, there are other housing assistance programs available to residents in the greater Waterville area.*