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General Assistance Program

Every town in Maine has a General Assistance program that helps people in need who have no other resources.  Assistance is provided for basic necessities, such as affordable housing, utilities, and food. Bangor General Assistance is available to Bangor residents only.

How to Apply

All adults in the household must apply at the General Assistance office at 103 Texas Avenue in Bangor. A caseworker will interview you to complete an application.

Applicants Must Bring:

  • Identification documents (photo identification preferred)
  • Proof of any money available to the household during the last 30 days (this includes wages, TANF, child support, social security benefits, veteran’s benefits, etc.)
  • Proof of current expenses
  • Name of landlord
  • Current eviction or disconnection notice
  • Statement from doctor (if you are unable to work)
  • Proof of all current assets and/or benefits received

Other Requirements

Applicants are required to seek any and all resources that would reduce their need for General Assistance, such as:

  • Benefits such as SSD, SSDI
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • DHHS benefits (SNAP, MaineCare, TANF, and FedCap)
  • Heating assistance
  • Child Support
  • Money from others or bills paid by others on your behalf
  • Lump sum payments, such as Workers’ Compensation or SSI
  • Financial aid for school
  • Land claim settlements

It is a basic requirement of the program that everyone works or looks for work.

Walk-Ins for Emergencies

General Assistance also offers walk-in hours for people to apply under the following emergency guidelines:

  • Current written eviction notice
  • Secured affordable new housing in Bangor
  • Utility disconnection notice
  • Heating fuel
  • Prescriptions

You can be signed in as a walk-in Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00-11:00AM and 1:00-3:00PM. Thursdays: 8:00-11:00AM only.
(We cannot guarantee that you will be seen the same day)

Contact

Rindy Fogler
Phone: 207-992-4558
Email: rindy.fogler@bangormaine.gov
Fax: 207-945-3348

Directions

103 Texas Ave, Bangor, ME 04401

  • Union Street
    • Take Union Street to Vermont Avenue
    • Turn onto Vermont Avenue
    • Drive 500 ft. to traffic circle
    • Take 3rd exit onto Texas Avenue
    • Turn right just before “Bangor Health and Community Services” sign
    • Follow signs and enter lobby

  • Hammond Street
    • Follow Maine Avenue to traffic circle
    • Take 1st exit onto Texas Avenue
    • Follow until 103 Texas Avenue
    • Follow signs and enter lobby