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General Assistance

The municipality of Winthrop administers a General Assistance program for the support of the poor. Pursuant to Title 22 M.R.S.A. § 4305, the municipal officers have adopted an ordinance establishing that program. A copy of this ordinance and relevant statutes is available for public inspection at the Town Office and/or www.winthropmaine.org 

Winthrop's General Assistance program is an emergency assistance program for food, housing, electrical, heating, and several other essential household expenses.  This program operates through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which establishes the eligibility criteria and requires a comprehensive application process.  If you are experiencing a financial emergency and would like to apply for General Assistance schedule an appointment with;   

General Assistance interviews are by appointment only.  If you are experiencing an emergency, special consideration can be made.  

Benefits under this program are subject to strict eligibility guidelines, so financial aid is not guaranteed.   

For questions and scheduling, please contact: 

Ryan Frost, General Assistance Administrator  

Phone # 377-7200 Ext. #423  

Email: manager@winthropmaine.org  

If you have an emergency on the weekend, please contact 377-7226 (police station) 


Your General Assistance budget will be based on the 30 day period following your application.  The town will also look back to 30 days before you applied to see what money you received and how you spent it.  The town will need to see: 

Your most recent bills and/or other proof of expenses including: rent/mortgage, heating fuel, electricity, food, medical expenses; 

Cancelled checks, receipts, or other documents that show how you have spent your money and income in the past 30 days; 

Your driver’s license or other photo identification; 

Your social security number and the social security number of all members of your household; 

Work-related expenses; 

Name and address of your landlord; 

A doctor’s statement if you are ill, disabled or not able to work; 

Financial resources:  Car/recreational vehicles, real estate holdings. 

Proof of all household income including: 

Wages, cash on hand, income tax refunds, unemployment benefits, child support benefits, TANF benefits, social security benefits, SSI/SSDI/Disability benefits, checking/savings, veteran’s pensions, rental income, loans, worker’s compensation, savings bonds, trust funds/annuity/life insurance policies, retirement accounts, school loans, assistance from relatives, in-kind income,  self-employment income. 

The municipality’s General Assistance administrator must issue a written decision regarding Eligibility to all applicants within 24 hours of receiving an application.  

The Department of Health & Human Services toll-free telephone number, to call with a question regarding the General Assistance Program, is 1-800-442-6003. 

This notice is posted pursuant to Title 22 M.R.S.A. § 4304-4305.

Town Office - 17 Highland Avenue, Winthrop, Maine 04364