General Assistance

The General Assistance program provides assistance to residents of Gardiner and South Gardiner .

The function of GA is to provide temporary assistance to those persons who are residents of Gardiner and South Gardiner and individuals and families who intend to establish residency in Gardiner.

GA is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 - 4:00 each week.   If you have an emergency outside those hours, please contact 530-0178

What To Bring With You When You Apply For General Assistance

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

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