Community Housing of Maine (CHOM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
charitable organization that as its core mission provides advocacy,
supportive housing, community inclusion, and stability for homeless
and special needs populations across the state. CHOM also
provides workforce housing for people who can't afford to live near
Founded in 1993, CHOM has developed 75 housing sites in 31
communities spanning 12 counties, creating over 688 units of
low-income and special needs housing. CHOM develops, owns, and
maintains high quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for
people with low incomes and disabilities. CHOM is currently
housing over 1,000 of Maine's most vulnerable people.
CHOM does three distinct things:
1) Supportive Housing
2) Workforce Housing
Characteristics of populations served:
-People who are homeless
-People with low or very low incomes
-People experiencing mental illness
-People with developmental or
-People with physical disabilities
-People recovering from addiction
-People with HIV/AIDS
-People who have been victims of
Workforce Housing serves people who
can't afford to live near their work. Some examples include:
Teachers, Nurses, Firefighters, Retail Workers, Police Officers,
Social Workers, Reporters, Health Technicians, Fitness Trainers,
Carpenters, Bookkeepers, Travel Agents, Photographers, Bus Drivers,
Administrative Assistants, Receptionists, Librarians,
Waiters/Waitresses, and Childcare Workers.
CHOM is also a strong and effective
advocate for people with special needs at the local, state, and
national level, working to improve policies and funding
prioritization, and building coalitions.
Creating Homes and Inclusive Communities
Each of our unique initiatives is a
wonderful story of a collective group of caring people pulling
together insight, creativity, and resources to meet the complex needs
of a particular population in a distinctive setting. We
partner with over 30 service providers across much of Maine for
individualized, client-centered, community-based housing that gives
people with special needs a foundation because they are in stable
housing enriched with support.
Whether it is Supportive Housing or
Workforce Housing, our housing makes everyone proud; it is of high
quality, and is constantly updated to meet the evolving needs of our
consumers and service providers. Clients have a strong sense
of ownership of their housing which we encourage; this is their
home. We on the front lines have the pleasure of hearing the
"This housing has changed my life, opened
up opportunities, and given me a chance to make my life better."
"Thank you for giving me a place to make my life work out."
don't know where I would have been without it.