Shelter Plus Care

(CoC Program)


The SPC (CoC) Program provides housing and supportive services to homeless individuals with disabilities, primarily those with severe and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. SPC follows a Housing First Model by encouraging recipients to accept supportive services along with rental assistance with a goal of long-term stability in permanent housing.

Program participants provide 30% of their income* towards rent while the remaining amount is subsidized through the SPC (CoC) program.

About the Program

General Program Eligibility**

Adults who:

  • have a Disability, as defined by the U.S. Department of  Housing and Urban Development under [24 CFR 582.5]; and
  • are Homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento  Homeless Assistance Act As Amended by S. 896  HEARTH ACT of 2009 as funded by the U.S.  Department of Housing and Urban Development [42 USC 11302]; and
  • their household’s annual income at application and project entry may not exceed the very low income limits as established for the area they live.

As defined by HUD, a person shall be considered disabled if he or she has a condition that:

(i) Is expected to be long-continuing or of indefinite duration;

(ii) Substantially impedes the individual’s ability to live independently;

(iii) Could be improved by the provision of more suitable housing conditions; and

(iv) Is a physical, mental, or emotional impairment, including an impairment caused by alcohol or drug abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, or brain injury.

Diagnoses must be verified by a qualified professional with one of the following credentials: MD, DO, LCPC, APRN-BC, NP, PA, psychologist, or another person licensed by the State of Maine to diagnose and treat such diagnoses.

Homelessness is defined by HUD to be, but is not limited to:

  • Living on the streets or at a Place not meant for human habitation.
  • Staying in an Emergency Shelter.
  • Living in Transitional Housing for formerly homeless

If you feel that you may qualify for S+C (CoC) and would like more information, please contact the Local Administering Agency for your area.

Their contact information can be found at:

Statewide Contact List View the LAA/CAA Directory.

*Some restrictions and/or additional requirements may apply

**information and eligibility guidelines are subject to change as needed – please contact your local agency for more information