Support for those Impacted by Federal Government Shutdown

211 Maine is committed to helping our communities impacted by the federal government shutdown.

Furloughed federal employees and government contractors in need of social services and individuals with questions about availability of public benefits can call 211 (or 1-866-811-5695) or text their zip code to 898-211 to get help.

211 Maine Specialists can help those in need connect to food pantries, health care services, and utility and eviction prevention assistance. Callers/texters can receive information on mental health counseling, transportation, job training, substance use recovery services, child care, and volunteer opportunities.

Additional information about unemployment benefits for furloughed employees is available from the Office of Personnel Management at

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Certain issues are hard to navigate. You’re not alone. 211 Maine can help.

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