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.


A New Tactic To Fight Coronavirus: Send The Homeless From Jails To Hotels

April 6, 2020 – General

Sheltering-in-place is not easy for those who are homeless, who are already at an increased risk for coronavirus. States like California and New York, especially New York City, are booking hotel rooms to house homeless people and those recently released from jail under emergency orders. As hotel rooms are often vacant during this time, this is a much safer solution than homeless encampments, which are prone to outbreaks. However, hotels are not a panacea: for instance, the Concord, New Hampshire welfare office is struggling to find hotels that will allow homeless residents, particularly for fear of heightened COVID-19 risk and property damages (which local welfare office vouchers do not cover). #covid-19 #homelessness

Grocery service offered to older Vermonters

April 6, 2020 – Seniors

Several communities are leveraging volunteer networks to provide grocery and supply shopping services to older residents or residents with disabilities during coronavirus outbreak. In Bennington, Vermont, one such effort is coordinated by the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, and in Swanzey, New Hampshire, a local youth professional network and rugby club have partnered as volunteers. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

Brookings: After COVID-19, we must invest in—not isolate—our most vulnerable communities.

April 3, 2020 – General

The coronavirus pandemic presents a time for us to rethink how we address our communities in crisis. As #COVID-19 exposes the frailties of our health, welfare, and justice systems, there is an opportunity to restructure them after the pandemic subsides, the authors argue.

Child Trends: Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 3, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated social and economic stressors can undermine children’s development and well-being. The good news is that over four decades of research on resilience shows that protective factors can buffer children from harm and increase the chances they adapt positively to adversities such as the #COVID-19 pandemic.

NPR: K-12 Schools Try To Salvage The Term By Teaching Remotely

April 3, 2020 – Young Children, Older Youth

Educators share ideas and perspectives on the sudden switch to remote learning due to #COVID-19 #education

How Policymakers Can Plan Now for a Jobs Recovery Program

April 3, 2020 – Families

A new post from the Urban Institute suggests that the impending, post-coronavirus-pandemic strains on the social safety net could be reduced through the development of federal jobs programs such as those used during the Great Depression, in the 1970s, and most recently during the Great Recession. As in the response to the Great Recession, an additional ‘emergency transitional jobs program’ could directly subsidize nonprofit jobs at existing organizations. #covid-19 #workforce

Using School Buses as Wifi Hotspots for Students

April 2, 2020 – Older Youth, Young Children

As New Hampshire switches to remote learning, the Rochester School District has come up with a unique solution to enhance internet access to students in their district. Nine school buses parked in selected locations have been equipped with mobile hotspot devices. #COVID-19 #education

Rural COVID-19 Innovations

April 2, 2020 – General

Learn about how rural communities are innovating the face of COVID-19. The Rural Health Information Hub is assembling a collection of best practices, lessons learned, and other examples addressing healthcare and health-related concerns, such as food and shelter. #covid-19

Stabilizing Supports for Children and Families during the Pandemic

April 2, 2020 – Young Children, Families

The pandemic has dealt a major blow to parents’ ability to meet their children’s basic needs. Almost all parents have lost some essential elements of their stabilizing web, including schools and child care programs, which support children’s learning, relationships, and routines. To visualize the stabilizing web of supports for children’s core needs, Urban Institute researchers have released Stabilizing Children’s Lives, a new conceptual model and related materials that offer detailed looks at the role of different actors, including parents and guardians, in stabilizing support for children’s basic needs. #covid-19

Maine has second-highest share of adults vulnerable to COVID-19

April 1, 2020 – Seniors

The Kaiser Family Foundation found that the share of Maine’s adult population that is at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 was larger than any other U.S. state besides West Virginia (47.2% and 51.1%, respectively). “High risk” includes older adults 60 years or older and younger adults 18-59 years old with diabetes, cancer, heart disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). #COVID-19

Infographic: Rate of Living Alone by Rurality and Age

April 1, 2020 – Seniors

A new infographic from the University of Minnesota’s Rural Health Research Center found that the likelihood of living alone increases with age in both urban and rural areas. An estimated 28.2% of people ages 65 and older in nonmetropolitan (rural) counties live alone, compared to only 6.6% of people ages 18-34 in these same areas. This highlights the importance of place-based approaches to supporting seniors who live alone. #covid-19

Some Pregnant Women Who Can Afford to Are Fleeing New York City

April 1, 2020 – Families

With fear of exposure to the coronavirus in hospitals, many pregnant women are considering giving birth at home or traveling great distances. The Stateline initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts reports that rural, black women, who were already marginalized before the pandemic, are now unable to find available midwives and feel they have no option but to have risky unassisted home births. Lifting existing state restrictions on midwifery and supporting black midwives and doulas could be part of the solution. Experts at the Urban Institute also propose that ensuring Medicaid coverage for out-of-hospital births would help further support safe options for mothers. #covid-19