COVID-19 Community Supports

Social Supports for COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine

Support is available to ensure that people affected by COVID-19 can safely isolate and quarantine. DHHS has partnered with 30 community agencies to provide free, temporary help with:

  • grocery and meal delivery;
  • shelter and assistance to stay in the home;
  • income and rent support through existing programs;
  • language and cultural brokering services;
  • support for stress and anxiety;
  • personal protective equipment (examples include masks, thermometers, and pulse oximeters);
  • transportation services for medical needs;
  • outreach and education about COVID-19; and
  • other necessities.

How to access support services for yourself or a family member:

  • Fill out the Community Care for Social Support: COVID-19 Referral Form (please include as much detail as possible)
  • Call 211 and ask for help with quarantine
  • Mainers affected by COVID-19 can also request a referral for support services from:
    • community organizations;
    • clinical care providers;
    • social support agencies; and
    • school nurses.

Maine DHHS typically responds the same day. Information received is private and confidential. Social services provided are free and will NOT affect eligibility for other Federal or State service/Benefits.

Questions about social supports can be e-mailed to DHHS.COVIDSocialSupport@maine.gov.

Health Equity Pop-Up Vaccination Clinics

Maine DHHS remains committed to the equitable distribution and uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines. Pop-up clinics hosted by community partners are an important resource to improve vaccine confidence and meaningful access to vaccination for underserved communities.

Eligibility: Community-based organization or faith-based organizations representing vulnerable groups, including, but not limited to, the following:

Underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTIQ+, individuals with disabilities, rural and/or homeless populations

  • Communities with low vaccine confidence
    • Communities requiring specific transportation, or cultural and linguistic services
    • Communities needing COVID-19 vaccination services at irregular hours

Apply to host a health equity vaccination clinic

For more information: E-mail VaccinePopupClinics.DHHS@maine.gov

DHHS COVID-19 Community Support Team

DHHS has a team of staff who are committed to supporting organizations and communities with social supports and vaccine equity.

If you are reaching out about social supports or have an urgent question, please use our general e-mail account which we monitor seven days a week, 7am-7pm: DHHS.COVIDSocialSupport@maine.gov

Program Contacts

Sharon McDonnell, Director

Carla Hunt, Social Services Coordinator

Caroline Fernandes, Contact Tracing and Community Care Officer

Chanbopha Himm, Program Manager

Ian Yaffe, Chief Operating Officer