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Town of New Gloucester

385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260

(207) 926-4126 (phone) / (207) 926-4136 (fax)

Town of Poland

1231 Maine Street, Poland, ME 04274

(207) 998-4601 (phone) / (207) 998-2002 (fax)


Help with Home Energy Costs

You can get help paying for your home energy bills and emergency home heating fuel delivery from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

Fuel Assistance

HEAP is a program that can help pay part of your annual home heating costs.  Your benefit amount is based on several factors, including your household size, income, and home energy costs.

Emergency Assistance

More help may be available if you have less than a three (3) day supply of heating fuel.  Aid may also be available if you cannot pay your bill, and your services may be disconnected.

Am I eligible?

Anyone who may need help paying for their home heating costs should apply for the Program.  Please apply even if your application has been denied before.  Apply even if your income may be over the income limits, because some expenses may be deducted.  Homeowners and renters may apply.  You can also apply even if heat is included in your rent.

Find more information here.

How do I apply?

You apply through your local community action agency (CAA).  You can apply in person or over the phone.  Ask your CAA what documentation you need to have when you apply.  Find out more information here.

What to Expect

Appointments fill up fast, and it may take a while to get an appointment.  It usually takes several weeks to process a HEAP application.  If your HEAP application is denied, you can reapply if your circumstances change.

Other Help Available

If you are approved for the HEAP, you may be able to get help with your electric bill through your electricity utility company’s Low Income Assistance Plan (LIAP).

Help with home energy costs may also be available through your local general assistance program.  Call the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) at 1-800-442-6003, or dial 7-1-1 for the Maine Relay Service for more information.


Maine Pays Tribute to Veterans

Maine's Vote in Honor of a Veteran program was created as a “Promote the Vote” initiative for the 2000 general election.  Due to the program's popularity, as well as the events of September 11, 2001 and their aftermath, the program continues.  It offers two unique ways for individuals to recognize the military service of a friend of relative.

The Book:  Maine Remembers Those Who Served is a collection of tributes to veterans.  Covering over 250 years, the book chronicles the contributions of service men and women in all branches of the military, celebrates their selfless dedication and commitment to military service, and honors the legacy of their defense of democracy.

Now available online, Maine Remembers Those Who Served serves as a special way to honor a veteran.  The collection shows appreciation for all who helped preserve our freedoms, including our right to vote.  It is our way of saying “thank you.”  New tributes can be added to the book's online version.

The Button:  "I'm voting in Honor of a Veteran" is personalized with the name of a veteran the voter wants to recognize for his or her sacrifices to ensure our important freedoms, including the right to vote.  There is a limit of three buttons per address.


Maine Submits Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Plan to U.S. CDC

With no vaccine yet approved, plan will be revised with stakeholder input

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) submitted to the federal government its plan for distributing an eventual COVID-19 vaccine, representing the first version of a plan that will be updated and refined in collaboration with healthcare partners and communities throughout the State.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave states one month to develop a plan for submission by October 16.  Maine's first version offers a framework for an accessible, flexible, and equitable distribution plan, with additional changes expected given the open questions about any vaccines that are eventually approved by the federal government.  Stakeholder input will also shape the final plan and its implementation.

Maine joins public health leaders from throughout the country in urging Congress to provide emergency supplemental funding to states to finalize and implement their COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plans.  Adequate resources are necessary to undertake this demanding and ambitious effort to protect the health of state residents nearly a year into their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.