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Maine Community Action Association

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The Maine Community Action Association contracted with the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy at the University of Maine to design and conduct a statewide needs assessment as part of the Community Services Block Grant requirements. This report presents a county-by-county picture of poverty in Maine. Information is based on datasets from the Food Stamp and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs administered by the Department of Human Services and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) administered by the Maine State Housing Authority through the Community Action Agencies; unemployment data from the Maine Department of Labor; and relevant information from Census 2000. The indicators are a subset of standard ones used in the United States in evaluating the extent of poverty, assessing needs, and measuring services and benefits aimed at low-income populations. The report includes a statewide and county-by-county view of selected indicators, as well as individual “poverty profiles” for each county.


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