General Assistance

The Town of Yarmouth administers General Assistance (GA) as a safety net for residents who are unable to provide for their basic needs, including shelter, food, utilities, and personal supplies. GA is an emergency program of last resort and designed to encourage self-reliance and accountability. All assistance is granted in voucher form; no cash assistance is given. Applicants must provide verification of income and expenses and, if unable to work, medical documentation substantiating work limitations. Applicants are required to seek work if physically able, and repeat applicants are asked to apply for assistance from state/local programs, such as TANF, SNAP, HEAP, and MaineCare. Determination of eligibility is made for a period of 30 days. 

For more information, or to apply, visit the Yarmouth Community Services website.

How to Apply
Applications are by appointment only. GA hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Appointments can sometimes be made outside these hours. To schedule an appointment, please call Christy at 207-846-2406 or email A first-time appointment will include a screening over the phone to communicate eligibility requirements, including what documents to provide. If an applicant needs assistance completing the application form, the GA administrator can help. 

Required Documents to Bring to Your Appointment Qualified Forms of Income
Photo identification Cash on hand
Proof of residency (if housed) Income tax refunds
Social security cards for everyone in the household Unemployment benefits
Employment verification / paystubs Child support benefits
Medical statement if unable to work TANF benefits
Proof of all household income (forms of household income is to the right) Social Security benefits
Proof of all household expenses/bills SSI/SSDI disability benefits
Current bank statement Checking/savings
Receipts to show spending (repeat applicants only) Veteran's pensions
Signed lease/rental agreement Rental income
Passport and immigration paperwork Loans
Correspondence from Social Security Worker's compensation
Correspondence from DHHS Savings bonds
  Trust funds annuity
  Life insurance policies
  Retirement accounts
  School loans
  Financial resources
  Car/recreational vehicles
  Real estate holdings