The municipality of Hallowell administers a General Assistance program for the support of the poor. Pursuant to Title 22 MRSA §4304 (1), the Municipal Officers have adopted an Ordinance establishing that program. A copy of this Ordinance is available for public inspection at the City Clerk’s Office and/or the Department of Health and Human Services. The Ordinance is also available online here.

Persons seeking General Assistance must do so by completing an application and making an appointment to see the General Assistance Director with the completed application. The Director's hours are on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A fillable application form is available here, and the completed form may be emailed ahead of the meeting to General Assistance is a needs-centered program based on income limits. Please refer to the G.A. Maximums Reference Sheet provided here.

In an emergency, applicants may contact (when City Hall is closed) the Hallowell Police Department at (207) 623-3131.

The municipality’s General Assistance Administrator must issue a written decision regarding eligibility to all applicants within 24 hours of receiving an application.

The Hallowell General Assistance office telephone number is (207) 430-4401.

The Department of Health and Human Service’s toll-free telephone number is 1-800-442-6003.



General Assistance is a State Aid Program, which each municipality in the State is required to administer according to guidelines established by the State and by the local municipality. Its primary function is to provide general assistance services to the Community. General Assistance is a last resort program. The program is overseen by the Department of Health & Human Service.

Each case is carefully examined by the General Assistance Administrator to see if a client qualifies. Applications need to be made ahead of time with proof of income and expenses attached. Assistance is limited to unmet needs only.

Dawna M Myrick,
General Assistance Administrator