General Assistance is a State mandated, municipally administered financial assistance program. It was designed to be the program of “last resort” for residents of the community who are unable to provide for their basic needs. Applicants must provide verification of their income and expenses, residence, and if unable to work, medical documentation substantiating their work limitations. Applicants are required to seek work if physically able and/or to apply for assistance from any other programs that may be available to them. A determination of eligibility is made for a thirty-day period based on anticipated earnings.
The General Assistance is the most accountable assistance program in the State of Maine. Applicants are required to take responsibility for themselves by endeavoring to become self-reliant. For disabled persons, this may mean applying for disability benefits, for able-bodied persons, obtaining meaningful employment.