Deepening our commitment to asylum seekers & immigrants

Hope Acts work is rooted in our strong belief that asylum seekers and immigrants deserve an opportunity to thrive in the U.S. Our apartment building in downtown Portland ME, Hope House, is both a home for asylum seekers and a space where we provide English classes and individualized support.


  1. For the health and safety of Hope House residents and Hope Acts staff & volunteers, our office is closed to walk-in visitors.
  2. Hope House English Language Program (HHELP) – Remote English classes continue through the summer.  Click here to sign up for English Classes. Questions? Please contact or 207-409-7952.
  3. Work Permit Form Assistance is offered by appointment only (no walk-ins!) Please call 207-274-6005 and leave your name and phone number. You will be contacted and scheduled for an appointment.

Inquiries related to housing, English classes, and work permits, please call 207-274-6005 or email

For more information about Hope Acts, to make a donation or other inquiries, please call 207-228-1140 or

Hope House Transitional Housing

Hope House is the first American home for up to 13 adult asylum seekers. Hope House residents are encouraged to engage with Portland’s people and places and take advantage of the many resources offered both in-house and by others.

HHELP – English Language Program

The Hope House English Language Program (HHELP) offers adult ESOL students an opportunity to develop and practice their reading, writing, listening and spoken English Language skills in small, supportive classes.

ASAP – Asylum Seeker Assistance Program

The Asylum Seeker Assistance Program (ASAP) is open to any asylum seeker needing help accessing services or understanding/completing documents.

Get Involved

Hope Acts programs are possible because of the generous support of donors and volunteers. In 2019, volunteers contributed over 8,700 hours to Hope Acts.

Would you like to volunteer? We invite you to find out more about the many meaningful ways you can get more involved.


Learn more about Hope Acts

Hope Acts’ 2019 annual report shows that although the year was a very uncertain time for asylum seekers, they responded with hope and resiliency. We are grateful to our community for standing with immigrants and helping us meet their needs. Please contact us if you would like more information.  

Download the Annual Report

Thanks to sponsors of our 2019 event, An evening with Richard Blanco