General Assistance – Help/Welfare

Contact: Priscilla Ouellette
Phone: 207-247-0650
Please Note: This number is ONLY for those seeking general assistance/welfare services. General inquiries should be made to the main office number 207-499-7562 or the appropriate department you are seeking.

General Assistance Application Form

Applications by Appointment

The Town of Lyman provides General Assistance/WELFARE according to Maine Law. (22 M.R.S.A. §4301 ((5)) )

Program Overview: The General Assistance Program is intended to assist citizens who have exhausted all other sources which may help with meeting basic needs. It is possible to be provided with assistance for basic needs such as rent, food, heat, and other essential services. Cash assistance is NEVER granted. Assistance is a payment voucher system.

How to Apply: Applications are available for pick up at the Town Clerks Office. Return the completed application to the Town Clerks Office. The GA Director will telephone you to set up an appointment. You will be required to provide:

  • Proof of all sources of income for all household members
  • Receipts for how you have spent your income during the last 30 days
  • Proof of residence, lease, light bill, or similar proof
  • Drivers license and Social Security Cards (for each household member)
  • A doctors statement of verification of disability and the expected length of inability to be employed

Your Rights:

  • Complete Confidentiality
  • A decision on eligibility within 24 hours of completing the application
  • A Fair Hearing with an appointed Hearing Officer if you disagree with the decision.

Your Responsibilities

  • You must provide all requested documentation.
  • You may be required to complete the assigned ‘WorkFare.’
  • A lien may be placed on your property.

Citizens Oil Fund-Lyman Residents

The Town of Lyman has established a donation supported heating fund named the Paula Smart Heating Fuel Fund.  Anyone living in Lyman struggling to heat their home should complete a General Assistance application, notify the General Assistance Director to set up an appointment to determine eligibility.  Income verification will be required.

You may also wish to visit York County Community York County Shelters Program Food Pantry  Located at 5 Swetts Bridge Road, Alfred, Me. 04002  Hours are Tuesday & Friday- noon to 3 pm  For more information call 207-324-1137 Extension 103 or email to Habitat for Humanity.If you have had a change in circumstances that prevents you from paying your property taxes, you may be eligible for a Hardship Abatement. CLICK HERE (form coming soon) to view a printable application form.

Page last Updated on December 19, 2023