Shelter Plus Care
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**
- 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