Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.


Immigrant-Serving Organizations' Perspectives on the COVID-19 Crisis

August 27, 2020 – General

The Urban Institute partnered with the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future campaign (the PIF campaign) to gather national information on the immigrant-serving field during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis (May to June 2020). In this brief, UI provide perspectives from organizations across the country that serve these families, sharing their view on what is happening in immigrant communities; what federal, state, and local response efforts have and have not done to support immigrant families; and how their organizations have taken action to respond to this crisis. We find that because of the economic crisis, organizations across the country are seeing an increase in unmet basic needs, such as cash, food, and housing, in the immigrant communities they serve. The challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis are disproportionately affecting many immigrant workers and families across the US. An array of barriers, such as program eligibility rules and lack of language access, put federal, state, and local relief programs out of reach for many families. Community-based organizations (CBOs) serving immigrants with low incomes are on the front lines to support these families and fill the gaps in many government initiatives. But these organizations must deal with the challenges that the COVID-19 crisis imposes on their own staff and capabilities and with chilling effects that may discourage immigrant families from accepting support. #racialequity #foodsecurity #housing #covid-19

Targeting housing assistance to the states hit hardest by COVID-19

August 6, 2020 – Families

A new research brief from the Urban Institute ranks states’ on how hard their housing markets were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides framework for delivering targeted housing assistance to those places. The rankings consider the share of rent-burdened households, the share of renters of color who missed or deferred rent, the delinquency rate, and the unemployment rate. Based on these statistics, states were assigned an aggregate ranking score. The aggregate ranking score for Maine is 46, placing it in the bottom quintile, or among the least-hard-hit statewide housing markets. Based on these scores the five hardest-hit states are New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Florida, and Nevada. #covid-19 #housing

Funding for schools to support homeless students needed in coronavirus relief

May 26, 2020 – Older Youth

A new bipartisan proposal in front of the U.S. Senate proposes to allocate $1 billion through the McKinney-Vento Act to support additional services for homeless students. Funds would hire caseworkers to identify students and families in need, help meet basic needs, and support efforts to keep vulnerable students in schools. Housing advocates emphasize anticipated increases in the number of homeless students once eviction moratoriums expire and the pandemic recovery unevenly progresses. #covid-19 #education #housing

Five Ways State and Local Governments Can Strengthen Their Capacity to Meet Growing Rental Assistance Needs

April 29, 2020 – Families

As vulnerable renters head toward a “rent cliff,” the nation’s network of existing housing programs now faces the challenge of scaling up quickly. With new funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and potentially more federal aid packages, these program administrators will need to mobilize new resources while building organizational capacity. This article suggest how state and local entities maximize new federal funding and opportunities. #covid-19 #housing

How Public Housing Authorities Can Help Bridge the Food Access Gap Exacerbated by the Pandemic (mentions Bangor Housing)

April 24, 2020 – Families

Public housing authorities (PHAs) provide families with stable affordable housing, which is one of the key steps in ensuring families can afford food. To bridge the widening gap in food access for their residents, some PHAs are drawing on existing partnerships and leveraging creative strategies for securing and delivering food to residents. To bridge the widening gap in food access for their residents, some PHAs are drawing on existing partnerships and leveraging creative strategies for securing and delivering food to residents. #covid-19 #housing

Public Housing Authorities leveraging partnerships to provide local food access

April 24, 2020 – Families

Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) are going beyond providing affordable housing to also ensure that families have sufficient food. Even small PHAs have leveraged local partnerships and their connection to families to respond to food needs. For example, BangorHousing in Maine was able to draw on their existing partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Bangor to serve meals and deliver pantry bags to families in need. The Fort Wayne Housing Authority in Indiana is working with Meals on Wheels and a local food bank to provide meals to seniors. #covid-19 #foodsecurity #housing

How Public Housing Authorities Are Supporting Vulnerable Residents during COVID-19 (mentions Bangor Housing)

April 20, 2020 – Families

(CARES) Act, passed on March 27, authorized approximately $12 billion in funding for US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to mitigate COVID-19’s impact. This funding is essential to keeping people stably housed, but it may fall short in providing additional targeted supports and services for low-income older adults and people with disabilities, many of whom live in public and assisted housing. Public Housing residents are more at risk during Covid-19. This article discussed ways that Public Housing Authorities and policymakers can better support public housing residents. #covid-19 #housing

New Hampshire organizations find creative solutions to housing needs

April 20, 2020 – General

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation granted $250,000 from the state’s Community Crisis Action Fund to help vulnerable residents around the state, including those experiencing homelessness. Housing Action New Hampshire helped distribute these flexible funds to support homeless shelters with additional expenses such as renting hotel rooms to allow for appropriate social distancing, extra cleaning supplies, meal deliveries, and hazard and overtime pay for staff. Despite the circumstances, shelters like Cross Roads House have risen to the challenges, even continuing to find permanent housing for folks in need. #covid-19 #housing

Urban: Rental Assistance Can Improve Housing Security in Times of Economic Instability

April 8, 2020 – Families

During and following economic recessions, labor market instability leads to housing instability as income shocks and increased volatility in income cause missed rent payments. In this study, researchers examined the association between the receipt of housing assistance and changes in housing insecurity among renters in the Detroit metropolitan area in the wake of the Great Recession. #COVID-19 #housing

Urban: What Do “Stay-at-Home” Orders Mean for Families in Unsafe or Unrepaired Homes?

April 8, 2020 – Seniors, Families

Stay-at-home orderspose a unique health challenge for families living in substandard housing, including those that have fallen into disrepair because of lack of investment. Because staying at home is the best chance to slow the pandemic’s spread, policymakers at the federal, state, and local level can step in to ensure all homes are safe for families, the author argues. #covid-19 #housing