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.

  • Hope House English Language Program (HHELP) – Remote English classes continue on a rolling basis. Click here to sign up for English Classes. To register by phone: contact or 207-318-4642. For questions about HHELP, contact or 207-460-3730.
  • Housing Education and Assistance: Tuesdays 11am-3pm and Fridays 1-5pm at Hope House.
  • Walk-In Services for general inquiries and to make appointments: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-3pm at Hope House.
  • Work Permit Form Assistance: by appointment only at Portland Public Library. Call 207-274-6005 and leave your name and phone number to be scheduled for an appointment.
  • Asylum Application Resource Center (AARC) by appointment only at the Portland Public Library. Come to Hope House on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 11am-3pm to make an appointment.


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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.

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In 2023 Hope Acts celebrated its 10th year. Read our annual report for details of our remarkable growth and achievements.   
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