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.


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: Seven Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Undermine Retirement Security

April 8, 2020 – Seniors

Urban Institute analyzes possible effects of the coronavirus outbreak on retirement savings, and offers possible solutions to policymakers. #COVID-19

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

Temporary SNAP Benefit Bump a No-Brainer for More Economic Stimulus

April 8, 2020 – Families

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities suggests that SNAP benefits are an effective economic stimulus that policymakers can use again during this economic crisis due to coronavirus. Not only does it support low-income families, but these families generally spend benefits soon after receipt, so the money flows into the economy quickly. The author recommends a 15 percent increase in the maximum SNAP allotment, which can be implemented right away. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

Parenting Through the Pandemic: Who's Working, Who's Caring for the Kids, and What Policies Might Help

April 8, 2020 – Families

To help inform policy decisions that could help working parents affected by COVID-19, Rand examined the U.S. DOL's Current Population Survey (CPS) as well as the 2020 “CARES Act” and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The CPS data gave the Rand Corporation insight into what the childcare landscape looks like and the challenges faced by parents. #covid-19 #childcare

Brookings: Transformative placemaking amid COVID-19: Early stories from the field

April 7, 2020 – General

Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking looks at how placemaking practitioners—from those managing public spaces in large cities to those supporting small businesses in rural communities—have adapted their work amid the coronavirus pandemic to meet residents’ immediate needs, while staying aligned with their mission of place-based inclusion and long-term well-being. #COVID-19

Center for Community College Research: Emerging Challenges the Coronavirus Poses for Community Colleges

April 7, 2020 – Older Youth

Community colleges across the country are rapidly adapting to new circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and though campuses and state systems must make individual policy decisions, they face some common challenges. The Maine Community College System has encouraged continued education by providing short-term, free online health care training programs to recently laid-off residents. #COVID-19 #education

Most Americans on food stamps must shop at stores, risking coronavirus exposure

April 7, 2020 – Families

Most people receiving SNAP benefits are not able to use them for online shopping, and therefore must go to a store in person. Leaving the home puts these low-income folks at an increased risk for exposure to coronavirus. Despite logistical challenges, changing SNAP rules to allow for online and delivery options as some states have already done is a promising solution. #covid-19 #foodsecurity

COVID-19 Research Spotlight: Rural Places

April 7, 2020 – General

Given the multitude of rural spaces in Maine, the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire has highlighted some of the most recent research on diagnoses, experiences, and implications of #COVID-19 in rural places, including Maine.

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.