The General Assistance (GA) is a town-based initiative that aims to help native American citizens pay their necessary household expenses, including, expenses for food, shelter, water, medical services, fuel, and electricity, etc.
The Maine General Assistance Program is managed and administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in collaboration with the municipalities.
Any individual, who is not supported by his own means, or by any other program, is eligible to apply for the Maine General Assistance Program. To apply for the General Assistance, an individual must visit the town office of the area, he is living in. He must fill out a form and sign it.
The applicant needs to provide all the required information regarding the cash he has, his income, rent he has paid, gas usage, electricity usage, etc. to prove his eligibility to the town office authority. The authority may also contact other people or sources to confirm and verify the provided information. After the verification, assistance is provided to the eligible person.
In case of any emergency, individuals who want to get the grant are allowed to apply by phone. The town office guides the person to apply for an emergency, and he gets the grant assistance whether you are eligible for the usual grant or not.
The circumstances of a person may change while receiving the grant. In this case, the eligibility of that person may be evaluated by the town office authority. If the grant that the person is receiving does not match his current situation, then that individual might be considered ineligible for the grant. The notification for reduction in assistance, including the reason for this action, is then sent to the individual.
The applicant is provided with grant assistance within thirty days after the submission of the application. The grant to be received, depends on the last income the person had received. The person receiving the grant needs to reapply at the end of every month to continue getting the grant assistance.
The department also assists the applicant who has not received the grant assistance, although he was eligible. In this case, the department intervenes, and within a day, the person gets the grant assistance.
For more information, you can visit the Maine Department of Health and Human Services at this link. You can also call at (207) 287-3707