Answering Questions

Wondering who to call if you have a question about aging, caregiving, or living with a disability?

Information and Resources 

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging serves adults over 60, adults with disabilities and caregivers by helping to navigate program eligibility and resources. Call our agency to start by speaking with a Resource Specialist who will be able to provide information about an array of topics like transportation, in-home support, housing, benefit screenings, life alerts, etc. Our resource specialists are available by phone, zoom, and in-person appointments as needed. Due to COVID-19, our Resource Specialists are working remotely.

Options Counseling

Southern Maine Agency on Aging's Options Counseling can help assist in your, or your loved one's desire to remain in their home as long as possible and to "Age in Place".

Also known as long-term support options counseling, our options counseling can help you learn about the services you, or someone you care for, may need over time. Our Resources Specialists provide unbiased information and resources that can help you and your loved ones walk through the planning process.

Seasonal Spotlight Resources: Fall/Winter

Fuel Assistance

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps to provide direct payments for heating assistance. The program is based on income (medical expenses may be deducted). The program is available to homeowners and renters (even if heat is included in their rent). Applications are required every year.

Income Guidelines:

  • One person household: $2,433 per month.
  • Two person household: $3,181 per month.

To apply:

Property Tax Fairness Credit

Eligible Maine taxpayers may receive a portion of the property tax or rent paid during the tax year on the Maine individual tax return whether they owe Maine income tax or not. Homeowners or renters who meet the following requirements may be eligible:

  • Were Maine residents during any part of the tax year;
  • Owned or rented a home in Maine during any part of the tax year and lived in that home during the year as a primary residence;
  • Paid property tax or rent on the primary residence in Maine during the tax year;
  • Meet certain income and property tax and/or rent paid limitations during the tax year.
  • Are not married or are filing separately.

A file form 1040ME and Schedule PTFC for the tax year must be submitted. Maine Revenue Services can assist with the forms and completing them.

To apply:

Maine Revenue Services, (207) 626-8475, Property Tax Fairness Credit Summary | Maine Revenue Services

Need help with at home COVID-19 vaccine?

SMAA is partnering with Northern Light to help connect those who need a COVID-19 vaccine with one. If you know someone who would like to be vaccinated but have a difficult time leaving their house, call us at (207) 396-6518.

Frequently Requested Resource Lists

Below you will find links (in blue) to the common resources in the community. The Southern Maine Agency on Aging does not recommend or endorse any provider. SMAA does not have any updates on wait lists or determine eligibility for programs. If you have any questions or are looking for resources outside of this list, please call us at 207-369-6500 to connect with a Resource Specialist!

Affordable Housing

Assisted Living

Dental


Emergency Alert Buttons


In-home Care

In-home Care - Medical


Legal Services

Loan Closets

Mental Health Case Management


Nursing Homes

Transportation

Looking for more Information?

Please complete our form and a Resource Specialist will follow up with you. Our Resources Specialists are also available by calling (207) 396-6500 or at referral@smaaa.org

Provider Link

Looking to make a referral to a Resource Specialist? Please complete our HIPPA complaint form. We do require permission from the client to reach out to them directly.