The Town of °ÄÃÅÁùºÏ²ÊÍøÖ· WelfareÌýDepartment offers a General Assistance (GA) program to assist eligible residents, who are unable to provide for their household with basic necessities. Eligibility is determined according to state overall maximums and allowances. GA is administered in accordance with the Town of °ÄÃÅÁùºÏ²ÊÍøÖ· GAÌýOrdinanceÌýand .
To access General Assistance, an appointment must be made by calling (207) 892-1906. You may also reach the office by emailingÌýthe GA Director atÌýrjdaniel@windhammaine.us.
Appointments are generally scheduled within a week of the phone call. Walk-in appointments are not accepted.ÌýA first time appointment will include a screening over the phone to ensure basic eligibility requirements are met and that the individual knows what documents/paperwork to bring to an appointment.
Appointments are generally 30 to 60-minutes long depending on the issue. It is important that applicants call-in at their scheduled time for telephone appointments. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment will be rescheduled as to not cause a delay with other scheduled GA appointments. General Assistance holds appointments only via telephone. The Town is required to have someone available 24 hours a day to accept applications in an emergency. If this is an EMERGENCY and the office is closed, please contact °ÄÃÅÁùºÏ²ÊÍøÖ· Police at (207) 839-5581.
The Importance of Utilizing Resources
It is important that an applicant use their income for basic necessities. If an applicant chooses to spend their income on non-basic items, they may not be eligible for GA. Applicants must apply for and use all other resources available:
- TANF & other DHHS programs
- Unemployment Benefits
- Subsidized Housing programs
- Government-assisted programs & community resources
- Federal food supplements
- Support from legally liable relatives
- Maine Care/Medicaid/Medicare
- Income Tax Refunds
What to Bring With You When You Apply
- Photo Identification (for all adults in household)
- Social Security Cards (for entire household)
- Birth Certificates (for all children in household)
- Passport/Visa (if not U.S. citizen)
- Signed lease/rental agreement
- Bank statements for the past 30 days
- Proof of ALL household income (paystubs, TANF, SSA award letters, child support, unemployment, etc.)
- Medical documentation (if experiencing hardship from medical reasons)
- Utility bills (if seeking help with them)
- Work-related expenses
- Receipts for the past 30 days (repeat applicants only)
- Correspondence from Social Security
- Correspondence from Department of Health & Human Services
- EBT card (if you have one)
- Immigration paperwork
- 1-589 (a-receipt) (if applying for asylum)
If you have questions pertaining to social services in the area, please feel free to callÌý(207) 892-1906.
The Town of °ÄÃÅÁùºÏ²ÊÍøÖ· Social Services thanks the businesses, organizations, and volunteers in the community who reach out with a helping hand to assist those in need during the holidays and throughout the year. Your assistance and kindness is recognized and greatly appreciated.
|Rene Daniel||General Assistance Administrator|