We at MaineStream Finance, a 20-year old, mission-driven nonprofit community development lender and part of the Penquis CAP family, are open to serve you. There are so many concerns on how Mainers will access cash, be able to purchase goods, and make their budgets work, especially if paychecks are suspended. We are here to help you as much as we can. We have put together several resources and news on different personal finance below.
Here are our Top links to News and Tools for Personal Finance Topics. We have much, much more below on banking, donations, health insurance, COVID-19 scams (unfortunately), student loans, taxes, and unemployment.
Unemployment Insurance (see more under the Unemployment Section below)
- Maine Dept. of Labor Unemployment claims site – registration and claims filing
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits for [Maine] Workers Impacted by the Covid-19 Virus (Main Equal Justice Project)
Federal Aid – Stimulus Checks (see more under Public Benefits)
- Got a $1,200 stimulus debit card in the mail? Yes, it’s real (June 2, BDN)
- More than 400,000 Mainers got stimulus checks. Here’s what to do if you haven’t. (BDN – 4/26)
General Resources – Protecting Your Finances (see more under General Resources)
- Maine Equal Justice Program (MEJP) Webinar: Public Benefits in the Time of COVID-19 (May 29 – 1 hr 26 mns) – TANF, SNAP, MaineCare, Unemployment
- Your money and the pandemic: We answer your most pressing personal finance questions on the economic fallout of Covid-19 – Washington Post, Apr 17
- US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – COVID-19 Resources
- How to save money if you’re struggling during the coronavirus pandemic (Bangor Daily News)