Following are answers to some frequently asked questions about accessing Tedford Housing’s services and other resources for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in central and midcoast Maine.
How do I access the shelter(s)?
Adult shelter for single men and women over age 18
The emergency adult shelter houses up to 16 men and women in separate dorm-style rooms at 49 Cumberland Street in Brunswick, Maine. We have handicap accessible rooms for 1-2 people. The adult shelter is open from 3:30pm – 8:00am Monday through Friday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, 365 days a year. While the shelter is often full, you may check for availability by stopping by the shelter or calling 207-729-1161, #104 after 3:30pm on weekdays or any time on the weekends.
Shelter guests are provided breakfast and dinner each day. A washer and dryer are available during shelter hours. Guests also work with a Tedford case manager to seek options for permanent housing and to access other services as needed. Those staying at the shelter must agree to and abide by shelter rules and help with general maintenance of the facility.
Individuals who are homeless, but are not staying at the shelter, may also seek assistance from a case manager. Call 207-729-1161, #105 to see if our case manager can work with you.
Family shelter for adults and children, including at least one parent
Families, including at least one parent and one or more children, are provided temporary shelter at 34 Federal Street in Brunswick, Maine in 6 private apartments. Due to the very limited number of apartments at the family shelter, Tedford staff maintains a waiting list for families seeking access to the shelter. Contact the family shelter for more information or to put your name on the waiting list at 207-729-1161 #113.
Families at the family shelter have their own bathrooms and kitchens and access to coin-operated laundry. Guests at the family shelter are responsible for providing their own meals and maintaining their apartments. They are also required to follow shelter rules and work with a Tedford case manager on a plan to access permanent housing.
What other services are available?
Emergency Heating Assistance – Warm They Neighbor
Warm Thy Neighbor is a privately funded program that helps qualified residents of the following communities with emergency assistance for home heating: Brunswick, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Topsham, Harpswell, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls and Durham.
The starting date for Warm Thy Neighbor varies each year, but typically begins in December and ends in March.
You will need to make an appointment with Tedford personnel who will determine your eligibility. When you come to your appointment, please bring the following information:
1. Income verification for everyone in the household (at least 3 paystubs). Your family income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
Family Size 150% of Federal Poverty Guideline
For larger families, follow these guidelines.
2. Evidence that you rent or own the apartment / home for which you are requesting heating assistance. You will need to bring a copy of your lease if you rent OR a copy of your tax bill, mortgage payment coupon or bill of sale if you own your home.
3. If you receive disability, Social Security Income (SSI) and / or SNAP benefits (food stamps), please bring a copy of the award letter.
4. Social security cards for everyone in the household.
5. Name of fuel provider and account number if you have one. It is helpful to set up an account prior to your appointment if you do not have one, as this allows you to receive your fuel sooner.
6. Photo identification.
Note: WTN funds are not available to households receiving Section 8 or other housing vouchers.
Download Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Warm Thy Neighbor program: Warm Thy Neighbor FAQs (pdf).
If you believe you qualify for assistance from this fund, please contact us at 207-729-1161, #115.
Where can I find permanent housing?
Tedford Housing provides permanent housing and support services to previously homeless people in Brunswick, Bath, Augusta, Lewiston and Auburn. Please visit Our Locations for further information on our supportive housing units. Contact Giff Jamison, Tedford’s director of operations, at 207-729-1161, #107, firstname.lastname@example.org for information on support services or LaBrecque Property Management at 207-375-8694 for information on availability and applying for housing.
Other Helpful Resources
- 2-1-1 Maine, a comprehensive statewide directory of over 8,000 health and human services with a searchable database (or call the toll free 2-1-1 hotline accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days per week)
- Maine State Housing’s list of subsidized housing providers and other resources for locating affordable housing
- Homeless shelters throughout the state of Maine
- Veterans Housing Services, a statewide program from Preble Street
- Oasis Health Clinic, free health and dental care for uninsured people in the Brunswick / Bath, Maine area
- Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, soup kitchen and food pantry in Brunswick, Maine
- Bath Food Bank, soup kitchen and food pantry in Bath, Maine
- The Gathering Place, a drop-in day center in Brunswick, Maine
- Sweetser, mental health services
- Family Crisis Services, domestic violence services for Cumberland County, Maine (or call the 24 hour hotline: 1-800-537-6066)
- Full listing of statewide hotlines and crisis numbers in Maine