Resources related to COVID-19

COVID-19, the 2019 novel coronavirus, has had a significant impact on Maine businesses and workers. We know there are many concerns and want to be able to provide as much information as we can. Information you may be interested in can be found below. To receive Dept. of Labor updates directly, please follow the Maine Department of Labor on Facebook and Twitter.

More information can be found at https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19

If you wish to report a potential situation of non-compliance to the state guidance relating to COVID-19, you may report those details using this form. The information will be reviewed by the appropriate agency or agencies and responded to as needed.

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program serving thousands of Maine families. Services include:

  • Healthy foods, including fruits and veggies, milk, whole grains, infant foods and formula
  • Nutrition Education and Consultation
  • Breastfeeding Support, including breastfeeding supplies and weight checks
  • Referrals to other necessary services

Who can apply for the Maine WIC Nutrition Program?

WIC is open to anyone living in Maine, including migrants working in Maine.

Applicants can be any of the following categories:

  • Women who are pregnant
  • Women who are breastfeeding or had a baby in the last six months.
  • Infants and children up to the age of five, including adopted and foster children.
  • Fathers may apply for their children

Current household income and reduced income due to loss of employment are considered when applying.

For more information, visit: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/wic/

  • If you recently lost health insurance through your job, or even if you’ve been uninsured for a while, you may qualify for a free or low-cost health plan through MaineCare or the Health Insurance Marketplace. Some coverage options have deadlines to sign up, so don’t delay – learn more and find out if you qualify by visiting CoverME.gov.
  • Even if you plan to be back to work soon, it’s worth signing up now to make sure you’re covered for an unexpected illness or accident, doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and more.
  • During these challenging times, make health care coverage one less thing to worry about: visit CoverME.gov or call (800) 965-7476 for free, local help to find the affordable plan that’s right for you.
  • For more information on services from the Department of Health and Human Services, such as TANF and food supplement benefits, visit: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ofi/programs-services

  • The COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to the COVID 19 pandemic. This program expands upon previous rent relief programs through MaineHousing. You can apply for this expanded program even if you applied and received funds before. This program includes people who live in MaineHousing financed properties (PDF) and do not have a Section 8 voucher or receive other governmental rental assistance.
  • Program applications for December rent began on November 23, 2020. Both previous and new applicants may apply for a maximum of $1,000 per month for October, November, and December rent payments. This program is first come, first served.
  • Renters apply and the benefit is paid directly to the landlord/property management company. Landlords/property managers agree to postpone the balance of the payment, not forgive it, when they agree to participate. The landlord/property manager also agrees not to evict for non-payment of rent for the month(s) for which the COVID-19 Rent Relief was applied.
  • More information about the program and how to apply can be found here: https://www.mainehousing.org/programs-services/rental/rentaldetail/covid-19-rental-relief-program
  • To find other information about rent relief, fuel assistance, food supplement benefits, and other general assistance, please call 211 or visit 211maine.org.