Hope Acts offers asylum seekers access to housing and basic needs, assistance in navigating complex immigration processes, and resources for learning English to help them successfully transition to a new life in Maine. Service hours, direct contact information, and a list of languages spoken by all staff members can be found at hopeacts.org. 

Asylum Seeker Assistance Program (ASAP walk-in services): 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Hope House, 14 Sherman St., Portland.

During walk-in hours, clients can make appointments for our work permit and asylum clinics, get help with address changes, Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) forms, problems with immigration paperwork and other issues related to basic needs. 

Asylum Application Resource Center (AARC): By appointment at the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, on Thursdays and Fridays. Clients should come to Hope House on Monday or Wednesday to make an appointment. AARC is attorney-supervised; each client meets with our attorney to ensure the application is correctly completed. Note: Hope Acts does not provide other legal services or legal advice.

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Housing Education, Placement, and Support: Hope Acts partners with the Quality Housing Coalition/Project Home to assist families and individuals needing housing. Hope Acts and QHC are working through a large backlog of applicants, so housing intake is currently closed. We anticipate reopening soon!

Hope House English Language Program (HHELP): HHELP classes are online, year-round with continual admissions. Prospective students are welcome to register here: hopeacts.org/english-language-program-hhelp.

Transitional Housing @ Hope House: 13 adult asylum seekers live at Hope House. Homeless, single adult asylum seekers are considered for Hope House when we have a vacancy.

Work Permit Clinic: This clinic is by appointment only, and is held on Tuesdays at Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square.  Clients should come to Hope House on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday with their asylum receipt to book an appointment.

Our service hours, direct contact information, and a list of languages spoken by all staff members can be found on our website, hopeacts.org.