Welcome to the Penquis website. We hope you will spend some time getting to know us, our programs and the different services we provide that may help you or someone you know.




Penquis offers a variety of services to individuals and families of all ages.  Some programs are based on income eligibility while others may be based on specific needs, where you live, available funding and other factors.

 If you can not find a specific service or information you are looking for you can call our receptionist at 800-215-4942. They will be happy to assist you or you can connect with us on Facebook and someone will get back with you.

If you are looking for services that are not available through Penquis, contact 2-1-1 of Maine by dialing 2-1-1 for additional resources in your community.

For 50 years Penquis has served as the local community action agency, covering Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. Penquis services assist approximately 24,000 individuals each year, helping to meet basic needs such as housing and heating assistance, offering education through Head Start/Early Head Start and providing economic opportunities for Maine residents through first-time homebuyer education, matched savings programs and small business counseling. Penquis has over 50 programs, 350 employees and more than 1,300 volunteers that contributed 309,226 hours last year.


Penquis is a community action agency, chartered member of NeighborWorks America and partner agency of the United Way of Eastern Maine.

Penquis is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization.

*It is the policy of Penquis that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religious belief, political affiliation or belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, migrant worker, ex-offender, or former patient of a state institution be discriminated against in access to the services or provision of services of Penquis.

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Penquis News

Penquis CEO Receives National Award

April 3, 2017

National NeighborWorks® Association Announces Excellence Awards

Penquis President and CEO Kara Hay was recognized recently by the National NeighborWorks® Association (NNA) at the Annual NeighborWorks® Executive Directors Symposium in Washington D.C.. Hay was...

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$600,000 awarded to Maine nonprofits to enroll kids in health coverage.

Grant will support outreach to Maine families about the year-round availability of MaineCare, and help families apply or reapply for health coverage

AUGUSTA – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC) $600,000 over two years through the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment...

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Four Directions and MaineStream Finance Join Forces to Increase Access to Homebuyer Education in Maine

Two CDFIs in Maine recently joined forces to offer a shared homebuyer education class in Orono, Maine. MaineStream Finance, a CDFI based in Bangor, Maine, provides monthly homebuyer...

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