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General Assistance/Welfare

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. 

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 have questions or are experiencing a financial emergency and would like to apply for General Assistance schedule an appointment with Michele McLaughlin.

General Assistance interviews are by appointment only.

If you are experiencing an emergency, special consideration can be made.

If you have an emergency after hours or on the weekend, please contact the Winthrop Police Department at (207) 377-7226.

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

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Michele McLaughlin General Assistance Administrator