General Assistance


Effective March 16, 2020, the Town of Orono General Assistance program located at 59 Main Street in Orono is conducting phone interviews. 

If you have completed an application and scheduled a General Assistance appointment, please be prepared to answer your phone. If you miss the scheduled call you will need to make a second appointment. 

To apply, a phone interview will be conducted, and if approved, vouchers will be sent directly in the mail. If you have a General Assistance emergency and do not have a scheduled appointment, please do not show up at the office. Call 207-866-2556 and arrangements will be made to conduct a phone interview with you as soon as possible. 

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 only, such as, affordable housing, utilities, and food. 

Orono’s General Assistance is available to Orono residents only. 

How to Apply: 

Please complete a general assistance application which can be found at this link. Do not sign it though until your interview is conducted either in person or via phone. All adults who live in the household listed on the application must apply at the General Assistance office. A caseworker will interview you to complete an application Please note: It is a basic requirement of the program that all the adults in the household either works or is looking for employment.