Community Concepts

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of Maine's congregate settings, including homeless shelters, which have had to reduce capacity.

LEWISTON, Maine - A program that helps Mainers in six rural counties with housing will get almost $800,000 in funding from the USDA.  Community Concepts' Mutual Self-Help Housing Program finds groups of six families who work together to build one another's houses.

The program also helps those families secure mortgages through the USDA. Sandy Albert is with Community Concepts. She says that help is often needed.