Fast on the heels of emergency relief for farmers and small business due to the severe drought in York and other Maine counties, Maine Housing recently announced a program to help income-elegible households with funds to help them, too.
The state agency, in partnership with the state's community action agencies, is making $250,000 available to provide drought relief to income-eligible households without potable water.
Funds are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis to help those households with an immediate need for relief. Money will will be used for well repair, replacement or recovery measures only for those homes for which the lack of potable water is due to the recent drought.
Affected households can contact their area community action agency to determine their eligibility and to schedule an appointment to apply to have their well inspected for damage specifically brought on by the drought and a determination of the best course of action to provide relief.
For a list of community action agencies and telephone numbers, please visit www.mainehousing.org or call 211 - a service of the United Way - to report any well related issues so they can record it and give out information on how to get help.
Just last month the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture issued disaster declarations for York and several other counties in Maine, now offering financial assistance and emergency loans to farmers in York, Cumberland and Oxford Counties.
The Small Business Administration says they'll also be offering assistance to small businesses that are affected.