Finding Help : Housing

A listing of housing agencies and directories to assist in finding independent-living apartments for seniors in age-restricted apartment complexes and communities.

For assisted living housing — i.e., housing communities that provide staffed assistance with daily living activities or nursing care services — look up our long-term care resources.

Click on the resource names listed below to view details and contact information

AARP information on reverse mortgages

Articles, advice, and cautions regarding reverse mortgages — a financial mechanism often marketed to older adults that allows them to convert part of their homes’ equity into cash.

Androscoggin County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Aroostook County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Auburn Housing Authority

Administers Section 8 vouchers and public housing.

Augusta Housing Authority

Administers public housing and Section 8 vouchers.

  • Phone: 626-2357
  • Location: City Hall, 16 Cony St., Augusta ME 04330

Avesta Housing

Affordable housing developer and manager of affordable apartments in southern Maine (mostly York and Cumberland counties, plus Livermore Falls), including many age-restricted units. Also operates the Inn at Village Square 37-bed assisted living facility in Gorham.

Bangor Housing Authority

Administers Section 8 vouchers and public housing, including age-restricted units at Nason Park, Autumn Park West, and Crestwood.

Bath Housing Authority

Administers Section 8 vouchers and four housing complexes with 137 units for income-eligible senior or disabled individuals.

Brewer Housing Authority

Administers Section 8 vouchers and public housing, including 82 apartments for seniors and the disabled at the E. Charles Dartnell Apartments, Dirigo School Apartments, and the Heritage Development. Income limits apply; rent is set at 30% of gross adjusted income.

Brunswick Housing Authority

Manages public housing and Section 8 housing choice vouchers, including senior and disabled apartments. Also offers a “Congregate Housing Service Program,” which provides residents of its three senior housing properties with additional services — including meals, housekeeping, personal care services and emergency medical services — to encourage independent living.

Eldercare Network of Lincoln County

Operates small-scale residential facilities in Boothbay, Edgecomb, Damariscotta, Jefferson, Round Pond, Waldoboro and Wiscasset, designed to allow older people who can no longer stay in their own homes to be an active part of the community.

Fort Fairfield Housing Authority

Administers public housing in the town of Fort Fairfield, including units for seniors and the disabled, plus Section 8 vouchers for the Fort Fairfield, Easton, and Limestone, Maine area.

Franklin County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Kennebec County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Knox County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Lincoln County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Mayflower Place Assisted Living Facility

35 one-bedroom assisted living apartments located in South Sanford, owned by the Sanford Housing Authority. Features a full kitchen with provision of three meals per day, housekeeping services, personal care services and 24-hour staffing. Medical services provided by Goodall Hospital and the State of Maine Dept. of Human Services.

MDI and Ellsworth Housing Authority

Administers Section 8 vouchers and public housing in the towns of Ellsworth, Tremont, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Bar Harbor.

Midcoast Maine Community Action

Housing Counseling Services provide coordinated housing assistance for homeless and at-risk individuals and families through referrals and access to emergency funds.

Old Town Housing Authority

Oversees 180 federally subsidized public housing apartments plus 209 Section 8 vouchers.

Offers age-restricted apartment communities at Marsh Island Apartments (345 Main St., 50 units), Bickmore Manor (336 Main St., 13 units), Penobscot Terrace (352 Main St., 41 units), and Dow Apartments (10 Rue Boulanger, 8 units). Also operates “The Meadows” assisted living facility (16 beds).

Oxford County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Penobscot County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Penobscot Nation Housing Authority

Manages housing programs for the Penobscot tribal government.

Piscataquis County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Housing Authority

Manages housing programs, including heating fuel assistance programs, for the Passamaquoddy tribal government.

Portland Housing Authority

Manages three subsidized elderly housing complexes in Portland: Franklin Towers, Harbor Terrace and Washington Gardens. Also provides Section 8 vouchers for income eligible adults.

Presque Isle Housing Authority

Public housing and Section 8 vouchers.

Sagadahoc County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Sanford Housing Authority

Manages public housing and Section 8 voucher programs for Sanford, Springvale and the surrounding towns of Alfred, Kennebunk, Lebanon, North Berwick, Wells, Shapleigh and Acton.

Properties include 114 units of age-restricted senior housing and the 35-unit Mayflower Place assisted living facility in Sanford (see link, above).

Somerset County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

South Portland Housing Authority

Manages Section 8 vouchers and public housing for South Portland. Also manages the 123-unit Betsy Ross House for seniors aged 62+, which offers a mix of income-restricted and market-rate units with dining services.

Van Buren Housing Authority

Offers Section 8 vouchers plus 90 units of public housing.

Waldo County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Washington County affordable housing complexes

Provides residential units administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.  Rent is categorized as Income Based, which means tenants generally pay about 1/3 of their household income on rent; or Rent Restricted, which means that rents are typically based on a specified percentage of the median income for the area.

Waterville Housing Authority

Administers public housing and Section 8 vouchers.

  • Phone: 873-2155
  • Location: 6 Kimball St, Waterville

Westbrook Housing Authority

Section 8 vouchers, public housing, and age-restricted housing options.

York Housing Authority

Manages 136 units of affordable senior housing in four properties.

Independent living with in-home services available as well as social programming.